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DEPARTMENT OF PARKS, Drawings & Photographs The drawings collection includes design, presentation, and working drawings; plans, elevations, perspectives and full-scale details made for presentation, approval and construction of City parks between 1850 and 1934. More than 1,800 items in the collection pertain to Central Park, depicting every aspect of the park including Belvedere Castle, Bethesda Terrace and Mall, bridges, buildings and structures, as well as maps and plans of the drainage and water supply systems, entrances and gates. The collection also includes the original drawings of Riverside Park, the Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It contains the only extant pre-1934 drawings relating to City Hall Park and Gracie Mansion, as well as drawings by McKim, Mead and White for the Washington Arch in Washington Square Park, and the New York Public Library facade drawings by Thomas Hastings of Carrère and Hastings.