After Delays, Rehabbed Milton Resnick Foundation Opens on Eldridge Street

Posted on: July 17th, 2018 at 5:12 am by

Photo: Brian Buckley

The newly-renovated Milton Resnick Foundation is just about ready for its debut.

After several delays, the former synagogue-turned-exhibition-space and study center is set to open to the public this Thursday (July 19), with previews continuing on Thursdays and Fridays through end of summer. Official grand opening celebration is scheduled for September.

The restoration project for 87 Eldridge Street has been ongoing since last October, and the facility was originally supposed to be ready this past February. However, purported construction delays posed further setback.

As previously reported, the late Milton Resnick purchased this lovely piece of Lower East Side history back in 1977. The abstract painter acquired the building fifteen years after his wife, painter Pat Passlof, herself bought the 1874 synagogue around the corner at 80 Forsyth Street (for $20,000). Though married, the two lived, and worked, apart in their respective properties until Resnick committed suicide twelve years ago. Passlof passed in 2011.

A trustee from the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation – the nonprofit created in the wake of her death – then sold 80 Forsyth for $6.25 million in 2013. In her will, Passlof asked that this property be sold, with profits to be used to restore 87 Eldridge Street into an “exhibition space and study center” that showcased her husband’s work.

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