This Unique Harlem Museum And Beaux Arts Gem Has Finally Reopened


Gallery wall covered with a row of large paintings under a windowed ceiling

There are hidden gems throughout New York City and not in the least along the northern reaches of Harlem. The recently revamped Hispanic Society Museum & Library in Hamilton Heights is the only institution of its kind in the United States to preserve and exhibit art from Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking countries.

It houses the most extensive collection of works and artifacts outside the Iberian peninsula and Latin America—and has now reopened its doors to the public. Housed in a stunning 1904 Beaux Arts building, it has undergone various phases of renovations over the years.

Stemming from its most ambitious capital project to date, the platform’s Audubon Terrace, Main Court and Sorolla galleries have been completely updated thanks to the combined efforts of Selldorf Architects, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners, and landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand.

Tall paintings in gilded frames hanging between the red-marble arches of the Hispanic Society Museum and Library