Oval Room

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Oval Room History

Oval Room History

Mr. Frick’s former office was demolished to make way for the Oval Room during the mansion’s conversion to a museum between 1931 and 1935. An oval shape was chosen because, according to the architect John Russell Pope, “It could be creatively treated as a thing in itself, contrasting with the court’s rectangle....”

  • photo of oval shaped gallery room with paintings, rope, and doorway, skylight, circa 1935

    Oval Room, 1935

  • room with scaffolding, lumber and columns leaning, circa 1935

    Oval Room under construction, looking east, 1935

  • photo of room with oval skylight and scaffolding prepared for construction, circa 1935

    Oval Room under construction, looking west, 1935

  • photo of oval shaped room with skylight, paintings, and rope, circa 1935

    Oval Room, 1935

  • photo of oval gallery room with paintings, chairs and arched doorway, circa 1938

    Oval Room, 1938

  • photo of painting of George Washington over table between two columns, circa 1942

    Oval Room, 1942

  • photo of oval shaped gallery room with sculpture, plants chairs, paintings, bench, circa 1976

    Oval Room, 1976

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Launch in Full Screen Mode

Get the full experience and go through The Frick Collection in full screen mode on your browser or ipad. Jump to different rooms using the radar map, the slide-out preview, or the room selection menu.

To exit the full screen mode, simply click on the "x" button at the bottom to return to the virtual tour floor plan.

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View Works Currently on Display in the Oval Room

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View Works Currently on Display in the Oval Room

For the most up-to-date information on works of art that are currently on display in the Oval Room, please click here.


VT Related Links Google Art Project

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Google Art Project

Google announced the major global expansion of their groundbreaking Art Project. This unique collaboration merging art and technology includes several hundred partners in 40 countries around the world. In the United States alone, the project has expanded beyond the initial group of four museums, which included The Frick Collection, to represent 29 partners — ranging from large institutions to university galleries — in 16 cities.

For more information about this project, see Google Art Project

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