The stately and solid Beaux-Arts façade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has held court over Manhattan’s “Museum Mile” for more than a century. Designed by Richard Morris Hunt, with wing additions by McKim, Mead & White, the edifice is distinguished by massive Corinthian columns, heavy entablatures, intricately detailed cornices, and monumental arched openings. As impressive as the façade is, for about a generation much of its presence has been lost at night, washed out by powerful pole-mounted, glare-inducing metal halide floodlights on the opposite side of Fifth Avenue that overwhelmed the elaborate texture of the design. Read More