Site Preparation

This project is the first comprehensive upgrade to our buildings in over 85 years, and we are excited to be moving forward with this much-needed renovation and enhancement. Preparatory work on the site began in fall 2020, with construction scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2021.

Winter 2020-2021

Traffic and Street Changes – East 71st Street

  • The week of January 11th, Yodock barriers and fencing will be erected within the parking lane on the south side of 71st Street, in front of the Frick Art Reference Library and extending west until the intersection at Fifth Avenue.  
  • A pedestrian bridge will be constructed on the sidewalk, in front of the Frick Art Reference Library and extending west.
  • Pedestrians will be able to walk on the sidewalk. 
  • Flaggers will provide coordination for pedestrians and vehicles.

Traffic and Street Changes – East 70th Street

  • Yodock barriers and fencing were erected within the parking lane on the north side of 70th Street, in front of the museum and the 70th Street Garden. A pedestrian lane was created within the parking lane, so pedestrians can pass safely.

Fall 2020

Preparations will focus on interior protections and the 70th Street Garden:

  • A scrim has been erected behind the wrought-iron fence.
  • Architectural garden components will be photographed and cataloged before they are sent offsite for restoration.
  • Three fruiting trees will be transported to a nursery, where they will be maintained for the duration of the project, ultimately to be replanted at the Frick following construction.
  • Trees that have outgrown the garden’s intended scale, or that have been damaged from storms or disease, will be removed then replaced following construction.
  • Five trees on the sidewalk—three of which are diseased—will be taken down then replaced at our expense.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Liz Daly, Community Relations Manager, either at or at (646) 783-5815.

The Frick has assembled a team of experts to oversee the garden’s restoration and reinstallation, in keeping with Page’s original vision.  If you would like to know more, read our announcements.

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