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.
** UPDATE ** On June 4, 2015, the Frick Collection announced that it was abandoning its current expansion plan and saving the Russell Page-designed viewing garden from demolition! Unite to Save the Frick vows to remain vigilant, as the fate of the Reception Hall Pavilion remains in limbo.
Unite to Save the Frick calls upon New York City elected officials and the Landmark Preservation Commission to reject this destructive proposal, preserving the signature residential character that makes the Frick such a unique place to experience art. We urge the Frick to honor its own tradition of thoughtful additions and explore the many reasonable alternatives that exist for thoughtful expansion and modernization. Join the campaign to preserve the Frick!
Individuals and organizations from around New York City, the nation and the world are speaking out in opposition to the expansion plan currently 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.