The Unite Coalition Remains Vigilant
In June 2014, the Frick Collection in Manhattan announced plans to destroy its beloved 70th Street Garden, by the 20th Century’s pre-eminent landscape designer Russell Page, and its complementary Reception Hall Pavilion, by architects John Barrington Bayley and Harry van Dyke. In place of this landmarked ensemble, the Frick proposes to erect a massive 106-foot-tall addition, equivalent in height to a ten-storey tower.
One year later and after a vigorous and highly-publicized campaign in opposition to this destructive plan, the Frick announced that it was abandoning its initial expansion plan. Frick leadership stated that it would reconsider expansion while “avoiding” building on the site of the Russell Page Garden. While this is encouraging language, it is not a promise to preserve the masterful Garden in its original, current design. Further, the Frick does not address its intention with respect to the Pavilion.
Until the Frick’s revised plan is made public, admirers of the Frick and supporters of the Unite to Save the Frick campaign must remain vigilant!
Individuals and organizations from around New York City, the nation and the world have spoken out in opposition to the expansion plan initially proposed by the Frick Collection:
American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter
Defenders of the Historic Upper East Side
Andrew Scott Dolkart, architectural historian & Director of Columbia University’s
masters program in Historic Preservation
Garden Club of America
Historic Districts Council
Library of American Landscape History
Maya Lin, artist & designer
Victoria Newhouse, architectural historian
Peter Pennoyer, FAIA
Annette de la Renta, philanthropist
Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, author, designer & founder, Central Park Conservancy and
the Foundation for Landscape Studies
Martha Frick Symington Sanger, author & great-granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick
Robert A.M. Stern, architect, Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture
For voices in opposition to the Frick’s plan, visit Who We Are.