In 1968, Judd purchased 101 Spring Street, a five-story cast-iron building located at the corner of Spring Street and Mercer Street in New York City.
Designed by Nicholas Whyte and constructed in 1870, it was the first building Judd owned and served as his New York residence and studio.
101 Spring Street is considered to be where Judd first developed the concept of permanent installation. Centered on the belief that the placement of a work of art was as critical to its understanding as the work itself, Judd’s first applications of this idea were realized in his installation of works throughout 101 Spring Street and later in Marfa, Texas. Judd’s installations of artworks, furniture, and decorative objects strike a balance between respect for the historic nature of the landmark cast-iron building and his approach to architecture and design.
The works on view at 101 Spring Street remain as installed by Judd. Throughout his writings, Judd identifies the installation of 101 Spring Street as the source of permanent installation as a practice. In his 1989 essay, ‘101 Spring Street,’ he wrote: “I spent a great deal of time placing the art and a great deal designing the renovation in accordance. Everything from the first was intended to be thoroughly considered and to be permanent.”
In the early 1990s, Donald Judd sought the advice of engineers and architects to address the façade of 101 Spring Street, though at that time the restoration proved too costly for him to realize. In May 2013, Judd Foundation completed the restoration of 101 Spring Street. The restoration aimed to both restore and preserve the building’s original architecture, Judd’s design interventions and installation; and make the building accessible to the public for the first time. 101 Spring Street opened to the public in June 2013.
101 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 219 2747
Guided visits to 101 Spring Street offer visitors direct engagement with Donald Judd’s living and working space in downtown New York. Led by Artist Guides, the visits allow for direct engagement with Judd’s installed spaces.
Visits are approximately 75 minutes in duration, please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the visit time.
$27.50 per person
$17.50 students and seniors, with valid ID
Judd Foundation is pleased to offer free guided visits to practicing artists living and working in New York City. Please contact [email protected] to book your visit of 101 Spring Street. Proof of address is required.
Planning Your Visit
Advance reservations for guided visits are required. Space is limited.
All tickets are non-refundable and may be exchanged based on availability.
The entrance to 101 Spring Street is located on the Mercer Street side of the building.
Visits begin promptly as scheduled. Doors open 15 minutes prior to scheduled visit times. Late arrivals cannot be accommodated once the visit commences.
Assistive listening devices with headsets are available by request.
Use your smartphone to learn about Judd Foundation before your visit via our digital guide on the Bloomberg Connects app. Download for free on the App Store or Google Play.
Please note 101 Spring Street is closed Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day weekend, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Thanksgiving Day weekend, Christmas Day through New Year’s Day.
Guided visits require visitors to walk five historic staircases with handrails. An elevator is available for visitors who use a mobility aid or otherwise cannot take the stairs.
An accessible entrance is located adjacent to the main entrance on Mercer Street.
Portable seating and assistive listening devices with headsets are available upon request.
Please notify Judd Foundation at [email protected] with any special needs in advance of your visit so we are best able to accommodate you.
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