As of today, the Bronx Zoo Monkey House is closed forevermore. The beaux-arts building itself will most likely stick around–I can’t see the Bronx Zoo demolishing such a lovely building–but the monkeys will now be out on the street hustling for pocket fruit. (I’m lying; there are monkey exhibits in other areas of the zoo.)

The Monkey House hosted controversy just five years after it opened when in 1906 the Bronx Zoo exhibited Ota Benga, a freed slave and Congolese Mbuti pygmy, which is a type of human being. Perhaps the Bronx Zoo should set up an exhibit about Ota Benga for a year or two in the Monkey House before converting it to something else. (Photo: John Yaya/Flickr)