Save the former American Folk Art Museum from Demolition
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Glenn D Lowry

Save the former American Folk Art Museum from Demolition

    1. Christopher Brandt
    2. Petition by

      Christopher Brandt

      Rochester, NY

The American Folk Art Museum is one of the most significant buildings in the oeuvre of modern architecture, furthermore it is arguably the crowning achievement of the careers of celebrated architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. In an era where we strive to be sustainable and considerate of our environment, what kind of precedent does this set that buildings are disposable things with life spans less than 15 years?

Recent signatures


    1. The Museum May be Saved!

      Christopher Brandt
      Petition Organiser

      All, if you have not read the article, MOMA announced the selection of Diller Scofidio & Renfro as architects for the expansion with the intent of exploring the option of including the building into the expansion instead of leveling it.

      Not quite victory yet, but getting close!

      MoMA Selects Diller Scofidio + Renfro for Expansion, Former Folk Art Building Could Be Saved - News - Architectural Record

      The Museum of Modern Art in New York announced today that it has commissioned Diller Scofidio + Renfro to plan an expasion into the former site of the American Folk Art Museum. Last month, MoMA stated its intention to raze Folk Art Museum building, an acclaimed design by Tod Williams Billie Tsien that was completed in 2001.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. We are on Architizer and ArchDaily!

      Christopher Brandt
      Petition Organiser

      A very heartfelt thanks to these excellent blogs for giving a helping hand. Let's keep the momentum rolling. Tell everyone you know!

    4. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Mary-Beth Shine BROOKLYN, NY
      • 15 days ago

      Arts professional, former American Folk Art Museum employee

    • John DeFazio LONG ISLAND CITY, NY
      • 22 days ago

      Few buildings are poetry. This is one of the few built in our city in the past generation.

    • Megan Wood MIAMI, FL
      • 29 days ago

      As an architecture student I believe prominent buildings must be saved for future students to learn from.

    • Pentti Kareoja HELSINKI, FINLAND
      • about 1 month ago

      It's a Pearl!

    • Esa Laaksonen HELSINKI, FINLAND
      • about 1 month ago

      Moma should put the alphabetic order to Architecture Art Design. At the miment it seems to be Art design Architecture... Use your imagination and save the Williams Tsien masterpiece as if it were a piece of art! Facade saving is sooo 20th Century!


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