Historic Preservation: Buildings
At The New York Botanical Garden we are committed to preserving the distinguished historic buildings on our magnificent 250-acre site.
The Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark, due not only to its important natural and designed landscape features, but also because of the architectural excellence of its historical buildings. Three buildings, The Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill, the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and the Museum Building are also new York City Landmarks.
The Goldman Stone Mill (circa 1840) is the Garden's earliest, most picturesque building. This fieldstone building has served many purposes over the years since it was inherited by the Garden in 1891, but its historic integrity has always been maintained. The Stone Mill reopened in 2011 after a major environmentally sensitive and historically accurate renovation that will extend the beauty and utility of this New York City architectural treasure for generations to come.
The Haupt Conservatory (1902) is the Garden's most famous, iconic building. Designed by the glasshouse architectural firm Lord & Burnham, it is the best example in the United States of the Crystal Palace glass-and-steel school of design. A major renovation in the mid-1990s resulted in a historically faithful, environmentally functional building that will continue for decades as a home for A World of Plants and for several annual seasonal exhibitions.
The Museum Building (1901), the historic Fountain of Life (1905), and Tulip Tree Allée (1903-1911), are all part of the Garden's Beaux Arts complex. The neo-Renaissance building, fountain, and allée form an impressive civic space that celebrates the arts of landscaping, architecture, and sculpture.
We preserve these and other historic buildings on the Garden's grounds for their architectural beauty and because they are where much of our mission to exhibit, study, and teach about plants is carried out.