The Garden Conservancy has joined the movement to preserve the courtyard garden at the Frick Collection in New York City that is threatened by future development. The museum is planning to renovate the building, and in the process, the garden, designed by renowned landscape architect Russell Page, would be destroyed.
As the Conservancy notes, the Page garden has been described as "... his lasting contribution to the city," a "courtyard jewel," and "...one of the masterpieces of the Frick Collection."
Even the Frick, on its website, says its two famous gardens -- one designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr and the other by Page -- visually integrate "art and gardens in a way no other museum in the city can."
Garden Conservancy president Jenny Young du Pont said that green space is vital to the inhabitants of large urban areas. "Nowhere is this more important than in large metropolitan areas like New York City," she said, "where steel, concrete, glass, and stone dominate."