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June 04, 2015

Opposition Prompts Frick Museum to Drop Makeover Plan

The Frick Collection has abandoned a blueprint for expanding its Manhattan building that drew strong criticism from preservationists and prominent architects, writes The New York Times.

The proposed renovation included plans to eliminate a gated garden on the art museum's grounds to make way for a six-story addition that would significantly increase exhibition space.

Unite to Save the Frick, a consortium of groups fighting the plan, produced evidence last fall it said showed the museum promised during a 1973 review by New York's Landmarks Preservation Commission to retain the garden permanently. The commission must approve changes to the Gilded Age museum building, which has long been admired for its intimate scale. "It just became clear to us that it wasn't going to work," said an official with the Frick, which will go back to the drawing board for a new expansion plan.