Permits for the expansion of the American Museum of Natural History Museum were filed with the Department of Buildings last week by Davis Brody Bond Architects, signaling the go-ahead for work to be done on one of the Upper West Side’s most recognizable buildings.
The NYC Landmark Preservation Commission has approved the expansion’s contemporary design which is expected to rise 540,000 square feet, including six floors.
Construction to expand the museum’s Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, located at 200 Central Park West, between West 77th and West 81st Streets is expected to start soon. However, there has been no official completion date announced.
According to the filing, the Western side of the museum will be home to the new addition. The space originally was intended for other use as per the original masterplan. Those plans have now been scrapped.