On April 15, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien issued the statement below in response to the demolition beginning.
"Scaffolding has been erected in front of the former American Folk Art Museum building. We feel devastated.
This is a unique structure thoughtfully designed as a house for art. A building admired, visited, and studied by so many, will now be reduced to memory. We understand the façade will be put in storage but we worry it will never be seen again.
While the demolition is deeply painful to all of us who helped create it, our distress is of secondary importance to the civic, cultural, and sustainable issues the debate surrounding the building has raised. We remain deeply grateful to all who have protested this senseless and unnecessary act of destruction."
—Tod Williams and Billie Tsien