The Frick in Manhattan, built in 1914 as the home of Henry Clay Frick, is well-known for its intimate visitor experience. So when spending millions of dollars on an upgrade and expansion project there’s a delicate balance that needs to be struck between providing updated services and renovation, while also maintaining the sense of place. Selldorf Architects have revealed their plans to do just this, both preserving and enhancing the atmosphere at the Frick. Approximately 60,000 square feet of space will be repurposed and there will be 27,000 square feet of new construction, allowing 30% more room for the presentation of art. There will be a new education centre and architectural enhancements to better facilitate visitor circulation. Modernised back-of-house facilities include new conservation laboratories and updated infrastructure to safeguard the Frick’s collection and buildings, improve its energy efficiency, and ensure the long-term preservation of the institution.
Slated to break ground in 2020, the design will be developed by Selldorf Architects, working with local firm Beyer Blinder Belle as Executive Architect. Esteemed garden designer and preservationist Lynden B. Miller will work with the Frick to restore the 70th Street Garden in keeping with the vision of its creator, Russell Page. The construction budget is $160 million.
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, New York 10021
+1 212 288 0700
Ian Wardropper, Director
Joseph Shatoff, Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer
Michael Paccione, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer
Image: Selldorf Architects