On June 4, 2015, the Frick Collection announced that it was abandoning its broadly opposed, ill-conceived and destructive proposal for expansion. See recent press covering the development here.
The Frick stated that it would “avoid” building on the Russell Page-designed viewing garden on East 70th Street. While this language is encouraging, it stops short of a firm promise to preserve this significant work of landscape architecture – and it makes absolutely no mention of the contemporary and complementary Reception Hall Pavilion, designed by architects John Barrington Bayley and Harry van Dyke (with G. Frederick Poehler).
The garden and pavilion are two interconnected commissions, and the fate of one directly impacts the other! As Unite to Save the Frick and thousands of others who spoke out in opposition to the Frick’s initial plan await the release of a revised proposal, we must all remain vigilant!
Next week, take advantage of a valuable opportunity to learn more about the award-winning Reception Hall Pavilion and many other works of 1970s architecture at the Museum of the City of New York’s upcoming panel discussion. The event is co-sponsored by Metropolis magazine which, importantly, included the Frick’s 1977 pavilion addition on its November 2014 Postmodern Watchlist
Late Modern/Post Modern Architecture: The New Frontier
Tuesday, June 30th, at 7:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Late modern and postmodern architecture (c. 1970 on) present a whole new frontier in landmark preservation. While the preservation of postwar modern architecture is already well established in NYC, late modern and postmodern buildings, landscapes, and interiors have only recently become eligible for landmarks protection. This panel will explore the complexity of – and controversies over – potential landmarks from this era, as well as evolving concepts about the presentation and interpretation of history and context in urban architecture. This program delves into the themes of our exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, on view through Septemeber 13th.
Annabelle Selldorf, FAIA, Principal of Selldorf Architects
Robert A. M. Stern, FAIA, Founder Robert A.M. Stern Architects & Dean, School of Architecture, Yale University
John Kriskiewicz, Associate Professor Parsons School of Design
Michael Gotkin, Landscape architect and preservation advocate
Paul Makovsky (moderator), Editorial & Brand Director, Metropolis magazine
Use the code SAVE50 to receive a discounted ticket price ($10).