The Getty Foundation has announced that $1.66 million in architectural conservation grants has been awarded to twelve significant twentieth-century buildings as part of its “Keeping It Modern” initiative. Among this year’s projects are Germany’s Bauhaus building in Dessau, designed by architect Walter Gropius; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; the Yoyogi National Gymnasium, built for the 1964 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan; and the Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand in São Paulo, Brazil.
“Over the past three years, we have given forty-five ‘Keeping It Modern’ grants in twenty-two countries, and we bring together experts working on the conservation projects each summer to share their findings,” Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation, said. “Together our colleagues are building a critical body of knowledge for the stewardship of modern buildings. This year’s twelve new projects, along with prior grants for landmarks all over the world, will provide models for the protection of modern architecture for future generations.”
In its fourth year, the preservation initiative will support its first project in Russia. Moscow’s Melnikov House, an example of Soviet avant-garde architecture, was built as two intersecting cylinders that are free of interior walls. The house’s unconventional style reflects the boundary-pushing vision of architect Konstantin Melnikov, who designed the house as his studio and family residence. The Getty grant comes at a time of renewed national interest in conservation planning as the building’s stewards prepare to increase the number of visitors to the home.
The list of twelve projects is as follows:
Bauhaus Building, Dessau, Germany (architect: Walter Gropius)
Boston City Hall, Boston (architects: Kallmann, McKinnell, & Knowles)
Coventry Cathedral, Coventry, England (architect: Sir Basil Spence)
Faculty of Architecture Building, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey (architects: Altuğ and Behruz Çinici)
Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh, India (architect: Le Corbusier)
Melnikov House, Moscow (architect: Konstantin Melinkov)
Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP), São Paulo (architect: Lina Bo Bardi)
Price Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma (architect: Frank Lloyd Wright)
Sidi Harazem Thermal Bath Complex, Sidi Harazem, Morocco (architect: Jean-François Zevaco)
St. Peter’s Seminary, Glasgow (architects: Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia architectural practice)
Stadio Flaminio, Rome (architect: Pier Luigi Nervi)
Yoyogi National Gymnasium, Tokyo (architect: Kenzo Tange)