Architecture News – American Folk Art Museum to be Demolished

American Folk Art Museum

In a controversial decision made by the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) board, the American Folk Art Museum which resides on an abutting parcel of land to the MOMA museum in New York City will be demolished to make room for the MOMA museum’s future expansion plans. The great recession put the Folk Art museum into bankruptcy and its trustees were forced to sell their building and its land to meet its mortgage payments. The Museum of Modern Art bought the property in 2011 and now its fate is in their hands. The decision to demolish is creating waves for several reasons: one the building is quite new, it was completed in 2001 and secondly the building’s design won great accolades, it was declared the “Best New building in the world for 2001” so its demolition feels grossly unjustified. The Folk Art Museum was designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and fit into a narrow 40ft by 100 ft footprint. The building has unusual bronze/copper clad exterior panels which give it a sculptural feel. Below are photos of the museum as it stands today. Tell us your opinion, should this jewel-box museum be saved or was the decision to scrap it the right one? If you feel strongly that it should be saved, a petition has been organized to save the Folk Art building from its fate. The link to the petition is below.

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