70th Street Garden

photo of seventieth street garden of the Frick Collection with tulips in bloom

Visitors approaching from the southeast of the original Frick residence pass by an elevated green space created in 1977, known today as the 70th Street Garden. The Frick hired noted landscape architect Russell Page, who configured its composition, conceiving the arrangement of colorful plantings, boxwood, and trees and design of the central fountain and pea gravel paths. Page intended this as a viewing garden rather than one to be entered.

Garden Court

indoor garden showing fountain and pool surrounded by plants and flowers

The Garden Court, at the heart of the museum, was designed by John Russell Pope for the museum's opening in 1935 to replace the open carriage court of the original Frick residence. The Court's paired Ionic columns and symmetrical planting beds were echoed in Pope's later designs for the original building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Virtual Tour of the Garden Court

Fifth Avenue Garden

photo of Fifth Avenue Garden and Frick Collection building

The Frick residence was constructed in 1914 according to the architectural design of Thomas Hastings of Carrère and Hastings. Its major ground floor rooms (the museum’s galleries today) and the second-floor family living quarters had as their principal views an elevated set-back garden on Fifth Avenue, which featured a grand lawn, limestone steps, neoclassical urns, and Mediterranean-style mosaic paths to set off plantings. These west-facing rooms also faced Manhattan’s largest public garden, Central Park, located immediately across the street.