what they're saying

Many respected conservationists, historians, architects, horticulturists, and members of the Frick family have voiced their concerns with the Frick Collection's proposed expansion.

Learn more about the concerns the community has raised in public testimony to the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

"We respectfully request the Commission to reject the proposed revisions and encourage the design team to return with a proposal that honors both the garden and the current programmatic goals."

- Charles A. Birnbaum, President, CEO, and Founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation

"The Music Room (1938) & Reception Hall (1977) are key layers in the Frick's architectural history. Sacrificing two of its very best, most historically significant rooms is a mistake we will regret for generations to come."

- Theodore Grunewald, Vice President of the Committee to Save the New York Public Library

"It is clear that some aspects of the expansion would adversely affect the integrity of the Russell Page-designed viewing garden on East 70th Street, a rare public commission undertaken by Page and his only design in New York City."

- Charles A. Birnbaum, President, CEO, and Founder of The Cultural Landscape Foundation

"The Frick Collection is unique. Housed as it is in a once-private home, the Collection provides a respite from the hectic experience of New York art museums, while also offering an intimate experience of masterpieces in a setting where they were lived with and enjoyed by the Frick family. The Frick Collection is, in fact, a sanctuary for the public, just as it was for Henry Clay Frick. Please keep it that way."

- Martha Frick Symington Sanger, great-granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick and
author of three award-winning books on Frick and his family, houses, and gardens

"It is unfortunate that the rearrangement of bulk has been made possible in part by sacrificing the original configuration of a wonderful interior space, John Russell Pope’s music room. While we understand that the interior is not within the LPC’s purview, the museum is a much beloved public space and we wonder if further study might allow for the retention of the music room."

- The Historic Districts Council

"Remembering the legend of Cinderella, the Frick is a small glass slipper, into which two ugly sisters - standard museological practice and ambitious museum governance - are trying to force their enormous feet. Their wish-list of new facilities can be dangerous: in reality, a glass slipper can break."

- Christabel Gough, Secretary of the Society for the Architecture of the City