Officials at the Frick Collection plan to construct a new six-story wing that will hold 60,000 square feet of new exhibition space.
The total space at 1 East 70th Street would grow by roughly one-third, as long as the Landmarks Preservation Commission signs off on it. The New Wing Would Connect The Museum With The Art Reference Library On East 71st Street. A private, gated garden will be torn down in the process, and a new rooftop garden will be created.
The officials intend to ask for government funding and begin construction in 2017. The new space will provide the museum with 50 percent more room for short-term exhibitions and 24 percent more for a permanent art collection, the New York Times reported. [NYT] — Mark Maurer