A Building Is Not a Facade

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Inside the new 2 Columbus.

So, The Museum of Arts and Design is finally taking shape, after the bitter battle last year.

Museum Director Holly Hotchner lets the New York Times know that she’s more than ready to put the fight over 2 Columbus Circle behind her.

Ms. Hotchner, who was trained as a conservator, said she was generally sympathetic to preservationist concerns — just not this one. “A building is not a facade; a building is not a skin,” she said. “The issue is this building never worked. The building has been empty much more than occupied.”

Trying telling that to Tom Wolfe, or the “brown bag protestors.”

Michael Calderone

A Building Is Not a Facade