NEW YORK (AP) — The Museum of Modern Art says it will preserve the 63 copper-bronze panels that compose the facade of the former American Folk Art Museum.
MoMA previously had said it could not incorporate the building next door into its expansion plan.
The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1opBSmF ) says MoMA now says it will disassemble and store the 82-foot-high facade.
Architects and preservationists regard the design as a significant work of 21st century New York architecture.
MoMA's director, Glenn Lowry, says no decision has been made beyond preserving the panels.
Last month, the museum said it couldn't preserve the building it without undermining its architectural integrity.
MoMA purchased the building after the folk museum defaulted on nearly $30 million in bond debt. The Folk Art Museum has relocated near Lincoln Center.
Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com