The memorial was designed by architect John Russell Pope and included the museum’s Central Park West entrance, its Theodore Roosevelt rotunda, and the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall. In 1925, the Equestrian Statue of Theodore Roosevelt was commissioned to become a part of that larger memorial. If the Theodore Roosevelt Facebook group I’m in is any indication, opinions about the statue’s removal are heated. “Theodore Roosevelt’s monumental footprint can be found in nearly every state in America,” Jenkinson writes. To learn more about this episode, and Theodore Roosevelt, check out our website atmentalfloss.com/historyvs.