In the wake of the sale of 1865 Broadway by the American Bible Society to Avalon Bay Communities for a planned 39-floor residential building, MOBIA, the Museum of Biblical Art is set to shutter forever on June 14th.
As recent as last fall, the Museum was honing in on rental space on East 42nd Street but ultimately plans fell through.
In addition to the cultural loss of the Museum, the Upper West Side will lose the architecture that the American Bible Society commissioned, including its Anabelle Selldorf interior, its FX Fowle glass extension and the original 1966 structure by Skidmore Owings and Merrill.
The American Bible Society, itself leaves NYC, after nearly two centuries for Philadelphia, taking with it their remaining employees.
Please read further information from the MOBIA Press Release and also covered in the New York Times.