Neighbors cry foul over Whitney expansion plan.The Whitney Museum of American Art Whitney Museum of American Art, in New York City, founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. It was an outgrowth of the Whitney Studio (1914–18), the Whitney Studio Club (1918–28), and the Whitney Studio Galleries (1928–30). may have to put up a fight to expand its space on Madison Avenue Madison Avenue, celebrated street of Manhattan, borough of New York City. It runs from Madison Square (23d St.) to the Madison Bridge over the Harlem River (138th St.). In the 1940s and 50s, some of the major U.S. , if their more than 600 neighbors have their way.
The residents who oppose the expansion that would require the demolition of two 19th Century brownstones and the alteration of five additional buildings met with the City's Landmark Preservation Committee last week along with museum officials.
The museum needs the approval of the commission to begin the plan it announced last November to raze raze also rase
tr.v. razed also rased, raz·ing also ras·ing, raz·es also ras·es
1. To level to the ground; demolish. See Synonyms at ruin.
2. To scrape or shave off.
3. or alter the buildings it has owned since the early 1980s.
But residents say the proposed expansion is too high for the neighboring neigh·bor
1. One who lives near or next to another.
2. A person, place, or thing adjacent to or located near another.
3. A fellow human.
4. Used as a form of familiar address.
Museum officials contend that Renzo Piano's design maintains the individual architectural identities of the Whitney's existing buildings including its Marcel Marcel
the fast ebbing of time impels him to devote his life to recording it. [Fr. Lit.: Proust Remembrance of Things Past]
See : Time Breuer-designed flagship building, four storefront buildings on Madison Avenue and two townhouse town·house or town house
1. A residence in a city.
2. A row house, especially a fashionable one. office buildings on East 74th Street.
A new structure will sit within the brownstones, integrated into the mixed residential commercial neighborhood.
The design, says Piano, is scaled to the residential buildings on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and that the expansion will simultaneously provide a sense of architectural evolution and historical continuity while strengthening the Whitney's role as a vital cultural and civic center that contributes to the neighborhood.
"It does not want to be a gigantic museum, it wants to remain intimate," said Piano. "We have designed an extension that is mindful mind·ful
Attentive; heedful: always mindful of family responsibilities. See Synonyms at careful.
mind of the Whitney's size and of its environment. We don't want the proportions of the new building to be overbearing o·ver·bear·ing
1. Domineering in manner; arrogant: an overbearing person. See Synonyms at dictatorial.
2. Overwhelming in power or significance; predominant. . It isn't about making the Whitney big, it is about giving it the space it needs to present its collection and operate effectively."
The project is to add new space for galleries and education programs, an auditorium, and research center--including a conservation laboratory, a works on paper study room and a library. It will also create retail and restaurant amenities as well as administrative offices within the footprint of the existing Whitney facilities.
The project will solve the Museum's long-term critical need for space for its permanent collection, special exhibitions and programs, and enhance the visitor experience throughout the entire museum.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission will meet again next month with officials from the museum to discuss possible alterations to the expansion plan.