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Getty Foundation Awards Modern Architecture Preservation Grants for 2016

Deborah Vankin reports in the Los Angeles Times that the Getty Foundation has announced the grantees for its 2016 “Keeping It Modern” initiative, which aims to preserve modern architecture around the world. The nine recipients in nine countries this year include Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1072 in southern France, which will receive $200,000. The building was built as a vacation home for Gray and her then-partner, architecture critic Jean Badovici, between 1926 and 1929 and is currently in the care of the nonprofit Association Cap Moderne. It has fallen into disrepair due to environmental stress and neglect from previous private owners.

Among the other recipients is Lina Bo Bardi’s Glass House in São Paulo, Brazil, which will be granted $195,000. Built between 1950 and 1952, it was at one point the architect and her husband’s residence and has been maintained since 1995 by the Instituto Lina Bo e P.M. Bardi. In the US, Wallace Harrison’s First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, Connecticut, will receive a $130,000 grant. For the first time, the initiative has also awarded a grant to a project in Africa to help create a preservation plan for the Children’s Library in Accra, Ghana, designed by the firm Nickson and Borys in 1966.

In total, $1.3 million will be dispersed among the grantees. For a full list of projects awarded funds this year, see the Getty’s website.