Getty Foundation awards "Keeping It Modern" grant to Gropius House
Historic New England is delighted to announce that Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $75,000 grant from The Getty Foundation. The foundation recently announced a series of grants for exemplary twentieth-century buildings as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative. Grants were awarded to fourteen projects in eight countries.
At Gropius House, the grant will support the development of a conservation management plan for the building and site. The plan will preserve the characteristic features for the home’s continued use as a teaching tool to transmit the tenets of Bauhaus design, and ensure that the public can enjoy this 1938 Bauhaus icon for generations to come. The plan will also guide all future preservation efforts at the property, serve as a model for Historic New England’s other historic properties and for stewards of other Modern properties, and potentially provide critical information for the preservation of Gropius buildings worldwide.
The thirteen other projects selected to receive funding are: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House, Pierre Jeanneret’s Gandhi Bhawan (Gandhi Center), João Batista Vilanova Artigas and Carlos Cascaldi’s School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP), Marcel Breuer’s Saint John’s Abbey and University Church, Gerrit Rietveld’s Schröder House, Michel de Klerk’s Het Schip, George Nakashima’s Arts Building and Cloister, the Giancarlo de Carlo "Collegi" buildings at the Università degli Studi di Urbino, Paul Rudolph’s Jewett Arts Center at Wellesley College, Jorge Ferreira’s Arthur Neiva Pavilion, and James Strutt’s residence, the Strutt House.
Keeping It Modern is part of the Getty’s strong overall commitment to Modern architecture, as demonstrated by the Getty Conservation Institute’s Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI), the extensive and growing architectural collections of the Getty Research Institute, and the 2013 Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture initiative which focused on Los Angeles’ modern heritage. With these combined efforts, the Getty continues to advance the understanding and preservation of twentieth-century Modern architecture.