For almost two decades, few people saw the inside of this unusual collection and shrine because it was not equipped for public visits. And it was also falling apart, slowly shedding its facade. But beginning in June, the building will emerge from a three-year restoration to become what it has long promised to be: one of the most stunning artist-house museums in the country and just the second in the city, whose real estate imperatives have not been kind to its cultural history. (The only other fully preserved artist studio residence in New York is the Staten Island home of the documentary photographer Alice Austen, which was restored and opened to the public in the 1980s.)
Now, by appointment, visitors will be able to see not only the kind of rough, big-boned space that nurtured and deeply influenced artists when they colonized SoHo in the ’60s, but also the only intact, single-use cast-iron building left in the neighborhood. Perhaps best of all, they will encounter a part of the city’s structural history as re-envisioned by Judd, one of the most important artists of the last half-century, whose architectural interventions have come to seem as important as his Minimalist sculpture.
-Randy Kennedy for The New York Times.