Getty Foundation Awards $1.75 Million in 'Keeping It Modern' Grants

The Getty Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.75 million in support of architectural conservation projects at fourteen important twentieth-century buildings.

The most recent grants awarded through the foundation's Keeping It Modern initiative are intended to address a variety of concerns within the historic preservation community, including the continued need for conservation planning for twentieth-century architecture; the lack of understanding about the aging and proper treatment of architectural concrete; and a call for models that demonstrate how to integrate conservation planning more comprehensively into the general stewardship of modernist buildings. The grants also extend the program's reach to projects in Brazil to India.

Grant recipients include the National Trust of Scotland, which was awarded $150,000 to create an integrated approach to the long-term care of Hill House in Helensburgh; Panjab University, which will receive $130,000 in support of a sustainable plan to manage the Ghandi Bhawan, a center in the city of Chandigarh, India, dedicated to the study of the words and works of Mohandas K. Gandhi; Saint John’s Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota, which will receive $150,000 to develop a long-term preservation strategy for the abbey and University Church; and the Unity Temple Restoration Foundation in Oak Park, Illinois, which was awarded $200,000 for the restoration of the concrete surfaces of the building's north façade.

"Last year's launch of Keeping It Modern emphasized that modern architecture is a defining artistic form of the twentieth century at considerable risk, often due to the cutting-edge building materials that characterized the movement," said Getty Foundation director Deborah Marrow. "This new round of Keeping It Modern grants includes some of the finest examples of modern architecture in the world. The grant projects address challenges for the field of architectural conservation and will have impact far beyond the individual buildings to be conserved."