museum and reference library in New York City for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain and Portugal and their former colonies
The Hispanic Society of America, "perhaps New York’s most misunderstood institution", is a museum and reference library for the study of the arts and cultures of Spain and Portugal and their former colonies in Latin America, the Philippines, and Portuguese India. Despite the name, it has never functioned as a learned society.
Founded in 1904 by Archer M. Huntington, the institution remains at its original location in a 1908 Beaux Arts building on Audubon Terrace (at 155th Street and Broadway) in the lower Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City in the United States. A second building, on the north side of the terrace, was added in 1930. Exterior sculpture in front of that building includes work by Anna Hyatt Huntington and nine major reliefs by the Swiss-American sculptor Berthold Nebel, a commission that took ten years to complete. The Hispanic Society complex was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2012.
The museum and library have been closed since 2017 for a major renovation. The library and the Sorolla gallery are open by appointment.Much of the collection is on loan to other institutions during this period.
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