In a rare victory for preservationists, the Frick Collection in New York City dropped major expansion plans that would have demolished a garden and water lily pond designed by the renowned British landscape architect Russell Page.
A statement posted online by the Frick said the museum's Board of Trustees has decided to approach the future expansion plans in a way that "avoids building on the garden site."
Opponents of the original expansion plan included architects, landscape architects, the Municipal Arts Society, local residents and many others.
Page's formal viewing garden includes a flat pond with water lilies and lotus, and a row of Callery pears. Other plantings include four major trees: a crabapple, a goldenrain tree, a Kentucky yellow-wood, and a Japanese pagoda tree.