One Sunday in October, Unite to Save the Frick visited the Frick’s East 70th Street garden.
As usual, many museum patrons and passersby were stopping to enjoy the serenity of the Russell Page-designed garden and its artistry. When told of the Frick’s plan, people were shocked to learn that the garden and complementary pavilion were under threat of destruction. WATCH THE VIDEO, as they shared their reactions to the plan. Then, TAKE ACTION by signing the online petition.
Click here or on the image above to watch the video.
The Frick Collection must NOT destroy its revered, landmarked Viewing Garden and Reception Hall Pavilion to build a massive 106-foot tower … BECAUSE:
- The Frick Collection’s ensemble of galleries and gardens is landmarked at the New York City, NY State and National levels. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Law — the fate of the Frick ensemble will define what it means to be a landmarked site in New York City.
- The Frick is not a mega-museum like MoMA or the Met. Its intimate residential scale is central to its local, national and global appeal. The addition of the permanent 70th Street Garden and Pavilion was the masterstroke that completed founder Henry Clay Frick’s vision of a residential art museum.
- Landscape can be art, too. The 70th Street Garden was designed by the preeminent garden designer of the 20th Century, Russell Page, and is the only example of his work in New York City.
- Reasonable expansion alternatives exist for the Frick, including re-purposing poorly utilized space, acquiring available nearby space to house administrative and educational functions, and excavating underground, as so many museums have done in NYC and around the world.
Unite to Save the Frick is a broad-based coalition of organizations and individuals—architects, landscape architects, preservationists, historians, civic leaders, community members, artists, art-lovers, Frick patrons and descendants—opposing the destruction of important landmarks and advocating for alternatives to the Frick’s proposal.
We are not opposed to expansion, but believe that the proposed plan will decimate the signature component of the Frick, its intimate Gilded Age residential character.