Fans of 20th-century modernist architecture will applaud the Getty Foundation’s Keeping it Modern program, which awards grants for conservation planning to important buildings around the world. In 2015, 14 landmark structures—residences, houses of worship, educational facilities, and cultural centers—representing eight countries will receive grants totaling more than $1.75 million.
Five of the awards are earmarked for U.S. buildings: Marcel Breuer’s Saint John’s Abbey and University Church in Collegeville, Minnesota (1961); Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius’s family home in Lincoln, Massachusetts (1938); two buildings on the site of the George Nakashima House and Studio in New Hope, Pennsylvania (1967); Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois (1908); and Paul Rudolph’s Jewett Arts Center at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts (1958).
The grants focus on a broad array of issues specific to 20th-century architecture, including research into the aging process and proper conservation of concrete—a dilemma confronting many of the projects on the list.
For the full roster of this year’s awardees, go to getdu/foundation .