Section 7 requires a contemporary and historic description of the property and its physical characteristics; this section demonstrates the high level of historic integrity which the property must possess.
Outlining Section 7:
• Begin with a summary paragraph that briefly describes the general characteristics of the property, such as its location and setting, type, style, method of construction, size, and significant features. The summary paragraph should be an overview of the current condition of the property and its site. Subsequent paragraphs will provide the details.
• Describe the setting, buildings, and other major resources, outbuildings, surface and subsurface remains (for properties with archeological national significance), and landscape features for all contributing and noncontributing resources. List and number all of the buildings, sites, structures, and objects which are within the proposed NHL. Make sure that the numbering you use corresponds to the numbering on the map and/or site plan .
• Document the evolution of the property over time, describing major changes since its construction or its period of national significance.
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New York Botanical Gardens, NY: Established in 1896, this exemplary institution soon became one of the leading botanical gardens in the world, a position it still maintains. Within its 230 acres are on of the world's largest herbariums, research laboratories, an extensive botanical library and museum, and an extraordinary Victorian-era glass conservatory. A portion of the gardens occupies the former estate of tobacconist Peter Lorillard.