Kimmelman: Destruction at the Frick “would be tragic for the City”

On Monday, April 20th, hundreds gathered for the Museum of the City of New York’s symposium “Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.” The panel served as entree into a discussion about landmarking and its role in our city and our lives. What challenges were overcome to establish the law, in 1965, and what challenges lay ahead?

Among the evening’s six featured speakers was architecture critic Michael Kimmelman who, in his June 2014 article “The Case Against a Mammoth Frick Collection Addition,” made clear his opposition to the Frick Collection’s proposal to destroy significant elements of its landmark-protected site. On Monday evening, his remarks prioritized the Frick as an issue in which all who value our city and it’s Landmarks Law should be engaged. WATCH BELOW; jump to 29:18 for the start of Michael Kimmelman’s remarks!

It would be tragic for the City — a lasting shame, really — if the museum squandered its reputation and spoiled its glory by getting it wrong.

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