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Whitney Studio Named National Treasure

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in her studio.COURTESY OF NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in her studio.

COURTESY OF NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL

The Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio in Greenwich Village, operated out of the New York Studio School, has been named a National Treasure by the National Trust. The studio, which was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1992, and was included on the World Monument Fund’s 2012 Watch List, was built in 1877 as a carriage house. In 1907 artist and patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney had it converted into a studio and salon, and in 1929 it became part of the original site of the Whitney Museum.

The space is in need of a $2.2 million restoration. The National Trust has given the NYSS a $30,000 grant towards this goal, and will also help the school with fundraising. In a statement, Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, called the Whitney Studio “the cradle of the modern American art movement.”

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