This multiyear project restores the exterior of one of the finest examples of Neoclassical architecture in the United States and the historic heart of the Morgan. It also enhances the surrounding grounds, improved the exterior lighting of the building, and increased public access to and appreciation of this historic architectural treasure. Final preparations are underway, and we look forward to welcoming you to the new Morgan Garden beginning Saturday, June 18. The Garden will remain open seasonally through Sunday, October 9.
Visitors to the Morgan will be able to view the exterior of J. Pierpont Morgan's Library and enjoy the Garden through timed tickets and tours Tuesday to Thursday and Saturday to Sunday. Beginning Saturday, June 18, visitors will be able to relax and enjoy New York City's newest greenspace throughout the day during Saturdays in the Garden, which will be included with Museum admission.
To celebrate the opening, we will host a Garden Family Fair and Free Community Weekend on Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Tickets will be available in May 2022. Learn more about the project and view some behind the scenes footage below.
In June 2022 the Morgan will complete the first comprehensive exterior restoration of the library that J. Pierpont Morgan commissioned from architect Charles Follen McKim. This American Renaissance masterpiece, completed in 1906, is the historic heart of the Morgan Library & Museum. The restoration addresses weathering, deterioration, and minor cracking of architectural and decorative elements; stone soiling; losses in the thin masonry joints; deterioration of metalwork; and vulnerabilities in the roof and drainage system.
In conjunction with the restoration, the Morgan is undertaking site enhancements to reinvigorate the southern portion of its campus and provide visitor access to the grounds for the first time in the institution’s history. Developed by award-winning landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, the garden will create an accessible route from the Morgan’s interior to the 36th Street site and a new, inviting space for tours and programs.
The garden’s design includes the introduction of periwinkle beds flanking the Library’s loggia and colorful, low-height herbaceous beds. A generous grass lawn sweeps out from the modern pavilion next to the Library, bordering the latter and the Annex. Bluestone pathways are laid in patterns derived from the Library’s Renaissance-inspired floors, and cobbled stonework adds visual and textural interest. The garden will also display several antiquities from the Morgan’s collection that have previously been inaccessible to the public.
New lighting will enhance the building’s presence at night. Linnaea Tillett Lighting Design Associates developed a scheme that includes the relighting of the historic lantern in the Library’s loggia. Tillett’s design will bathe the Library and garden in soft “moonlight” and highlight distinctive features of the building and landscape.
These photos provide inside look into the many contractors working on the project.