Why is this building significant?
Funded by Archer M. Huntington, heir to a California railroad fortune, the American Academy of Arts and Letters comprises connected buildings that form part of the sprawling Audubon Terrace cultural complex. Both of the academy’s adjacent buildings exemplify the Beaux-Arts style, which employed a robust interpretation of Classicism to establish a grand civic presence. The buildings constitute expressions of the City Beautiful Movement, also known as the American Renaissance, which at the time of the building’s completion was beginning to wane, having left a lasting mark on New York during the preceding half-century.
What did the New York Landmarks Conservancy do?
We gave a $15,000 emergency grant for the installation of temporary netting in order to stabilize exterior conditions until comprehensive restoration work could be undertaken.