The Frick Collection in New York will finally get an expansion, which will keep its historic garden intact.
Architect Annabelle Selldorf has designed several new components for the private museum on the Upper East Side, each of which will have a view of the garden, which was designed by British landscape architect Russell Page, the New York Times reported. A 2015 attempt to build a six-story addition by another architect had been vetoed because it involved removing the garden. The new plan features a renovated lobby, the addition of a second level above the reception hall, and a new education center with a café and a larger museum shop. The Frick will also add a 220-seat auditorium under the garden, to be used for educational and public programming. The museum’s $30 million operating budget is expected to rise by $1 million or $2 million after the renovation, and the institution will likely have to raise its $22 admission fee, Ian Wardropper, the Frick’s director, told the paper. The construction is expected to cost $160 million and be completed between 2020 and 2022.