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Posted: 02/28/2017

Frick Art & Historical Center

The Frick Art & Historical Center is a 5.5 acre site which is comprised of an art museum, historic home, car and carriage museum, café, education facilities, beautiful grounds and a greenhouse. Open since 1990 to the public, the Frick enjoys about 100,000 visitors each year.

Associate Curator of Architecture & Gardens
Professional Opportunity
Pittsburgh, PA
Open Until


Responsible for the care and maintenance of the historic structures and museum buildings on the grounds of the Frick Art & Historical Center. Additionally, provides contextual interpretation of the structures and grounds for both programming and garden design purposes that help define and refine the Frick experience.

Hours:              Monday Friday, 9:00 5:00, occasional evening and weekend work
Reports to:      Chief Curator/Director of Collections
Status:             Full-time, non-exempt with benefits




  • Manages and supervises the daily care of the museum buildings and historically significant structures of the Frick: Clayton, The Frick Art Museum, Car & Carriage Museum, Playhouse and greenhouse

  • Identifies historic building preservation projects and develops short, mid & long range strategic goals along with the financial plans to accomplish each

  • Research -  related to best practices in historic preservation and restoration projects

  • Performs periodic inspections of the house/art museum, CCM, Playhouse and greenhouse for loss or damage, and monitors temperature, humidity, and the overall physical condition of these structures

  • Becomes familiar with existing documentation of the historic buildings: including restoration files, blueprints, landscape history, etc., and uses these to inform decision making and future planning. Documents new decisions and policies to create a continuing record related to care and interpretation of the historically significant buildings

  • Works with curatorial colleagues to develop a written preservation philosophy to guide the process of maintenance and repair of historic structures

  • Enlists professional assistance for any repairs or restoration projects and ensures that all outside contractors maintain the guidelines for historic preservation

  • Along with the Grounds Manager, assists in the development of plans for the gardens plantings and installations on the grounds and in the greenhouse that complement both the Frick story and experience

  • Coordinates with the Grounds Manager on the implementation and then care of any installations

  • Provides interpretation of the physical architecture and horticultural activities as needed

  • Other duties as requested by management




  • Bachelors degree in a related field such as: historic preservation, architectural history, landscape design history, history, art history, material culture, or public policy as it relates to cultural heritage required; Masters degree in related field preferred

  • Technical expertise in care of historic buildings required

  • An understanding of building fabric and the ability to read historic structures

  • 2-4 years with some combination of working with historic structures and landscape architecture

How to apply
contact Linda Buker @ lbuker@thefrickpittsburgh.org
Linda Buker
7227 Reynolds Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

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