The Frick Collection’s Expansion Plans Finally Approved

The Frick Collection’s Expansion Plans Finally Approved

The Frick Collection was given the greenlight on Tuesday by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to move forward with plans to renovate and expand its 1914 mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The Frick has not seen a major renovation since 1935, when it was converted from a mansion to a public space, and over the past three years various plans submitted by the museum underwent revisions and approval hearings, and were the target of protests by community members, preservationists and conservation groups.

Rendering of the Frick Collection from 70th Street; courtesy of Selldorf Architects.

Yesterday, plans designed by Selldorf Architects with Beyer Blinder Belle brought enough compromise to gain approval: the 1977 gated garden, designed by Russell Page, will remain and will be restored; a new auditorium, gift shop, café and education center will be added; current space will be repurposed as administrative offices, and gallery space will be added. The fate of the circular music room, which the Frick hoped to repurpose as an art gallery, is still unknown, as the commission is considering whether it will designate it as an interior landmark. The $160 million project is expected to be completed in 2022.

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Top Image: Courtesy of Selldorf Architects