THE FRICK MUSEUM
Built in 1913-1914 as a private residence for Henry Clay Frick, his wife Adelaide and his daughter Helen Clay - and their 27 servants - this structure was designed by the renowned firm of Carrere and Hastings. From the beginning, the Frick Mansion was always intended to be in the future "a public art gallery to which the entire public shall forever have access." The Indiana limestone mansion that presently houses the Frick Museum is set back from Fifth Avenue by an elevated garden and three of the most famous magnolia trees in of New York.
Directly adjacent to The Frick Museum's garden and situated in a 50' wide building, this two-story gallery condominium space features a rear garden, central circular stairwell, and elevator access to the basement. Designed by John Sullivan of I.M. Pei's office, noted for his design of the East Building of the National Gallery in Washington, DC, the grand, open spaces and permitted gallery use combine with incomparable positioning beside the Frick Museum to make this the only true high end gallery in Manhattan "next to the Frick."
Its elegant entry leads to a vestibule surrounded by well appointed wrought iron and glass doors before proceeding to the 21' x 21' gallery and reception space. With 11-foot ceilings and gracefully engineered lighting, one moves toward the spiral stair which functions as an axis point for the space leading to the second main gallery which also measures 21' x 21' and features windows looking out onto the rear garden. A third room, a rear gallery space which measures 12' x 18', is the endpoint for the main floor's gallery space.
Set into the eastern side of the 50' wide space is an elegant living room with a fireplace and ample storage space, behind which is a private office with two windows facing onto the approximately 800 square foot garden.
The lower level features several windowed offices and storage spaces, all grand in size and capable of accommodating any number of staffing and storage needs. With private access from 70th Street, the rear garden, and two interior stairwells, there is also access to the condominium lobby. This approximately 6,500 square foot space is a magnificent solution for anyone seeking the pre-eminent gallery location in New York City.
The space could also be used as an elegant residence enjoying the services of this white-glove condominium on one of the finest streets in New York, just off Fifth Avenue and Central Park.