It’s Frick-ing huge! The Frick announces new expansion plans

Henry_C_Frick_House_001Have you ever stood at the bottom of the grand staircase of the Frick Collection, burning to know what spectacular works are on the second floor?

Well thanks to a new plan for expansion, you may one day be able to find out. The Frick announced on Friday a new renovation plan, which will keep the Russell Page Garden and open up areas of the museum that are currently closed off to the public (including the second floor). The plan calls for creating new exhibition, programming and conservation spaces, as well as renovating existing exhibition spaces and underground facilities.

According to a press release, the museum has not undergone renovation since the 1970s, thought its collection and attendance numbers have significantly grown.

In 2014, the museum introduced a controversial plan that would have increased the size of the museum by one-third, and removed the current garden, replacing it with a rooftop garden. After a lot of pressure from preservationists who were strongly opposed to the changes, the museum withdrew those plans in June 2015.

The Frick has issued a Request for Qualification to select architecture firms and will announce the winner later this year. Further details (including budget, square footage and designs) will be available once the museum has worked with the chosen firm.