- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - The Frick Collection says it’s seeking an architectural firm for a new expansion plan that preserves the museum’s beloved viewing garden.

Last year, the Frick withdrew a proposal that would have destroyed the garden amid opposition from preservationists, architects and artists.

The Frick is housed in a landmarked Gilded Age mansion on Fifth Avenue.

It says new plans call for the creation of new exhibition, programming and conservation spaces within its building footprint.

Officials on Friday are issuing a formal request for qualifications from architectural firms. A finalist will be announced later this year, with initial designs expected in 2017.

The project would include for the first time opening a suite of rooms on the second floor for exhibition use and creating a gallery for special exhibitions.

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