Oval Room

Current Exhibition: Manet: Three Paintings from the Norton Simon Museum October 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020


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....”

Archival Photographs

  • 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 shaped gallery room with paintings, rope, and doorway, skylight, 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