The Frick Collection in Manhattan has 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.

 

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!

 

VIDEO:  One Sunday in October, Unite to Save the Frick visited the East 70th Street garden. Click play, below, and watch as passersby and museum goers react with dismay and disappointment as they learn of the proposed expansion.

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.