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Side view of the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria. Photo: Dylan Thuras.
Side view of the Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria. Photo: Dylan Thuras.

Getty Awards 2019 Keeping It Modern Architectural Conservation Grants

The Getty Foundation has revealed the recipients of its 2019 Keeping It Modern grants, which support architectural conservation projects across the globe. More than $1.6 million will go to ten structures, ranging from the Soviet-era Buzludzha Monument in Bulgaria to the Uganda National Museum, in countries including Argentina, Lithuania, Mozambique, and Spain.

A common theme among this year’s projects is adaptive reuse. In addition to needing financial assistance for preservation efforts, many of the buildings have outgrown their original purposes, such as the Torino Esposizioni, a former exhibition hall and convention center in Turin, Italy. Designed by the Italian engineer and builder Pier Luigi Nervi, the building was converted into an ice rink for the 2006 Winter Olympics but is mostly abandoned today.

“Keeping It Modern grants are making a collective impact, with stewards of modern buildings increasingly adopting comprehensive planning as a long-term strategy,” said Joan Weinstein, the recently appointed director of the Getty Foundation. “Our grantees are putting in the work, delivering fantastic results, and sharing their findings with the field to lift the level of architectural conservation practice worldwide.”

Since its inception in 2014, Keeping It Modern has funded sixty-four conservation projects. The foundation will only continue the grant program for one more year. At the culmination of the initiative, the Getty will host a series of workshops focusing on regions with large concentrations of twentieth-century architecture.

The 2019 grantees are as follows:

Buzludzha Monument, Hadzhi Dimitar Peak, Bulgaria
(Architect: Georgi Stoilov)

Torino Esposizioni, Turin, Italy
(Engineer: Pier Luigi Nervi)

Beira Railway Station, Mozambique
(Architects: Paulo de Melo Sampaio, João A. Garizo do Carmo, and Francisco José de Castro)

Villa E-1027, Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France
(Architect: Eileen Gray)

North Christian Church, Columbus, Indiana, United States
(Architect: Eero Saarinen)

Miller House and Garden, Columbus, Indiana, United States
(Architect: Eero Saarinen)

Laboratory for Faculty of Chemical Technology at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania (Architect: Vytautas Landsbergis-Žemkalnis)

Uganda National Museum, Kampala
(Architect: Ernst May)

Escuela Superior de Comercio Manuel Belgrano, Córdoba, Argentina
(Architects: Osvaldo Bidinost, Jorge Chute, José Gassó, Mabel Lapacó, and Martín Meyer)

Paraninfo at the Universidad Laboral de Cheste, Spain
(Architect: Fernando Moreno Barberá)