The grand staircase to the second floor of the Frick. (Courtesy The Frick Collection)

The Battle for the Frick: Can Thousands of Garden-Loving Activists Stop a Museum?

On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, I went to meet a man vociferously opposed to the proposed renovations of The Frick Collection, and we met on enemy territory: The Frick Collection.

“This is an institution devoted to connoisseurship that represents the best of Western civilization,” said Charles Warren, who goes by Chip, an architect with a pleasant, fussy air about him, complete with pocket square.

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