LETTER TO THE EDITORSubmitted to The New York Times on November 10, 2014
In response to the 11/9 article, “Frick’s Plan for Expansion Faces Fight Over Loss of Garden,” the American Society of Landscape Architects NY Chapter opposes the Frick’s expansion plans that will destroy the 70th Street garden.
We agree with New York Times Architecture Critic, Michael Kimmelman, that “Great public spaces and works of landscape architecture deserve to be treated like great buildings,” and Robert Stern, Dean of Yale’s School of Architecture, who said this garden is “as important as a tapestry or even a painting…” The Frick’s own 1977 press release called it a “permanent garden.”
The garden is an inextricable element of the Frick’s architectural character. As the work of master landscape architect Russell Page, the garden is eligible for listing under the National Register of Historic Places criteria. We believe this legal evidence, coupled with the garden’s civic value, should tip the case for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to deny the expansion request.
Jeanette Compton, President
Adrian Smith, Trustee
American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter
148 West 37th Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY, 10018-6909