Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1909
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art at East 83rd Street and Fifth Avenue is one of the pre-eminent art museums in the world. In this black and white photo, taken in 1909, the Met had only recently changed its look. The Beaux-Arts facade you see here was designed by museum trustee, Richard Morris Hunt, was completed in 1902, and hid the original building, designed by architect Calvert Vaux. Vaux's structure was designed in the Victorian Gothic style and was already unfashionable at the time it was completed. The museum has been expanded numerous times since to house its extensive collection.

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