The Breuer Building

The Breuer building, located at the corner of Madison Avenue and 75th Street, served as the Whitney's third home; previously, the Museum had gradually migrated northward from its original location on West Eighth Street to West 54th Street. It was designed by Hungarian-born, Bauhaus-trained architect Marcel Breuer (1902–1981), who worked with Hamilton Smith, creating a strong modernist statement in a neighborhood of traditional limestone, brownstone, and brick row houses and postwar apartment buildings. Considered somber, heavy, and even brutal at the time of its completion in 1966 ("an inverted Babylonian ziggurat," according to one critic), Breuer's building is now recognized as daring, strong, and innovative. It has come to be regarded as one of New York City’s most notable buildings and identified with the Whitney's approach to art.

The Whitney's programming at the Breuer building concluded on October 20, 2014. After the opening of the Museum’s current location at 99 Gansevoort Street in 2015, the Breuer Building was occupied by first the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then by the Frick Collection, which currently operates Frick Madison from the location. The arrangement with the Frick is scheduled to conclude in 2024.