The Getty Foundation has announced a second round of grants for its Keeping It Modern conservation initiative, funding the study of exceptional architecture including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill., and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius’ residence in Lincoln, Mass.
Grants totaling more than $1.75 million have been awarded to 14 buildings, built in the 20th century in eight countries including India and Brazil. The goal of the studies is to discover ways of maintaining and preserving structures based upon the unique challenges presented by the building materials.
The foundation selected each structure based upon its ability to present a model for conservation practices. They include: Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower in Potsdam, Germany; Marcel Breuer’s St. John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, Minn.; and James Strutt’s residence in Ottawa, Canada.
“There are still so many fabulous 20th century buildings at risk and in need of conservation support,” Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow said. “More than we could possibly support in a lifetime.” […]