Michael Kimmelman, in his “Critic’s Notebook,” has a generally sensible response to the question of what next for the Frick now that its proposed classical expansion has been withdrawn. After wandering around for a while and making some sensible suggestions, he unpacks some ideas. One he’s heard of by Helpern Architects ends up with more space than the jettisoned proposal, partly underground and partly by repurposing space on the second floor. But then he continues:
The Frick might also do well to think out of the box, about acquiring nearby real estate or remaking the library building into a true 21st-century research center, instead of preserving its antiquated book stacks. It might think smaller and smarter. It might think about modern architecture.
Fine, fine, fine … then: “It might think about modern architecture.”
See? Watch out. I said so earlier. Tragedy could still happen at the Frick.