Metropolitan Museum of Art
Vaux and Mould; R.M. Hunt, and McKim, Mead, and White
Individual and Interior Landmark
A Beaux-Arts and Roman style museum, built in 1864-1965 and designed by Vaux and Mould; R.M. Hunt, and McKim, Mead, and White, with later additions built between 1975-1990 and designed by Roche-Dinkeloo. Application is to replace a curtain wall facade.
CB8 Hearing: 12/14/20 (approved)
LPC Hearing: 02/09/21 (No Action)
LPC Meeting: 06/01/21
Other projects: February 21, 2012
As an Individual and Interior Landmark, located within a Scenic Landmark, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a very beloved institution on the Upper East Side and in New York City. FRIENDS understands the need for a highly controlled environment, with set humidity levels and temperature, which can be more easily achieved with technologically improved and efficient glazing.
FRIENDS Preservation Committee does not oppose the replacement of the curtain wall located at the Rockefeller Wing of the MET. We believe that, while the proposed framing will diminish the texture of the sloped glazed wall, the pattern is still visible and will not read as a large single pane of glass. The graded transparency of the glass, while not present on the existing wall, will provide much needed light control, and relates to Roche-Dinkeloo’s original proposal for the Rockefeller Wing. The proposed alteration is necessary for the proper functioning of this beloved institution and will not detract from the character of the Museum.
We are, however, slightly concerned that the Metropolitan Museum of Art has not come up with a Master Plan for the replacement of all glazed walls. We kindly ask that the stewards of this institution, as well as the Commissioners, keep in mind the visual consistency of the building when proposing and approving future alterations.
Finally, FRIENDS would like to commend Beyer Blinder Belle Architects for such a thorough and well delivered presentation.