The Frick Collection's second floor may soon open to the public for the first time.

A renovation and expansion proposal announced Tuesday includes the construction of a new six-story wing on the East 70th Street side of the museum that would increase exhibition space, add a rooftop terrance garden and open up the private upstairs rooms.

"Since the Frick Collection opened as a museum nearly eighty years ago, we have been guided by Henry Clay Frick's mandate that his home and exquisite collection offer inspiration and enjoyment to the public," museum director Ian Wardropper said in a statement.


frick collection expansion renovation museum Second-floor corridor in the former Frick residence. Rooms on the second floor would open to the public for the first time as part of the Frick Collection's proposed expansion.
Credit: Michael Bodycomb

The entrance hall would be expanded roughly three times its current size, which the museum said would reduce the time visitors wait outside. More bathrooms, two elevators and a larger gift shop are also part of the 42,000-square-foot expansion.

The Frick's educational offerings would also increase, with the proposed addition of two classrooms and an auditorium. More space would also be added for the museum's reference library and conservation lab.

Construction would begin in 2017 and could complete as early as 2020. The project will undergo public reviews, including that of the city's Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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