ASLA NY Advocacy Update:
Dear ASLA-NY Member,
On the Upper East Side of Manhattan, a significant cultural landscape is at risk of demolition.
The Russell Page-designed viewing garden at the Frick Collection (East 70th Street b/w Fifth and Madison Avenues) is threatened with demolition, part of an expansion plan that would replace the garden and complementary elements of the Frick’s landmark-protected architectural ensemble with an 11-story tower. This garden, considered by the New York Times to be one of his “most important works,” is one of the rare surviving Russell Page landscapes in the U.S. and the only one in NYC.
Please take a moment to sign your name to the online petition, (click here) calling upon the Frick to withdraw its ill-conceived plan. It’s important to send a strong message to the Frick’s Board of Trustees and Director that our community of landscape design professionals feels strongly about protecting the legacy of Russell Page and to preserve a masterfully-designed cultural landscape.
IMPORTANT: When signing the petition, please include your professional or academic suffix (ie: ASLA, AIA, etc.) and consider sharing a comment in the optional box, relating why this issue is important from your perspective.
To learn more, visit the website of the Unite to Save the Frick campaign. And read about the Page garden’s recent listing in The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s “Landslide 2014” initiative.
A formal letter of opposition to the Board of Trustees of The Frick Collection. View the letter here
Check out our Advocacy page for more updates and responses to issues of landscape architecture