Tragic fate of a powerful architectural gem, a jewel box. Last evening, MoMA has confirmed it will demolish the former American Folk Art Museum as part of an expansion plan by the architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro that will add 40,000 sq. ft of gallery and public spaces to the Museum. While it initially announced plans to raze the beautiful brutalist former American Folk Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien (built 1997-2001) in the spring, we all hoped that the many protests from architects and critics would change this decision. A museum, any museum has the responsibility to care to art and buildings, to preserve cultures of all times. And although the decision was presented as administrative rather than a curatorial, it is painful for those who respect Williams and Tsien’s work.