The Frick Collection is an oasis for those who love art. For more than eighty years it has played an important role in the rich cultural landscape of New York City. Housed in one of the city’s few remaining Gilded Age residences, the Frick provides a one-of-a-kind setting for the study and appreciation of the fine and decorative arts. Visitors from around the world have come to value the intimacy of the Frick’s galleries, which encourage quiet contemplation and allow them to engage with extraordinary works of art from the Renaissance through the late nineteenth century. In addition to its superb permanent collection, the Frick is known for its educational offerings, special exhibitions, illuminating lectures and symposia, world-class concert series, and top art reference library.
Since opening in 1935, the Frick has remained true to the vision of its founder, Henry Clay Frick, by presenting works of art and programs of the highest caliber in a beautiful, tranquil setting. Selldorf Architects’ design for the upgrade and expansion honors the architectural legacy and preserves the intimate visitor experience for which the Frick is known. Conceived to address pressing institutional and programmatic needs, the plan creates critical new resources for permanent collection display and special exhibitions, conservation, education, and public programs, while upgrading visitor amenities and overall accessibility. Working with preservation architects Beyer Blinder Belle, Lynden B. Miller, and the institution’s longstanding horticulturist Galen Lee, the Frick will also restore the acclaimed 70th Street Garden by Russell Page. The design will:
- Provide unprecedented public access to the original residence by opening the second floor to the public
- Create new spaces for the presentation of works from the collection and a special exhibition gallery
- Introduce a purpose-built education center and auditorium that will better accommodate participants in education and public programs
- Improve visitor circulation and amenities, including ADA-accessibility throughout the Frick
- Upgrade conservation spaces to ensure care of collection and facilities
- Update infrastructure to safeguard the Frick’s collection and buildings and improve its energy efficiency