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Over $2 Million Awarded To 13 Colleges and Universities Across the Country for Preservation Efforts

July 18, 2006

LOS ANGELES—The Getty Foundation will award over $2 million to 13 recipients of the 2006 Campus Heritage Grants. With this newest series of grants, the Foundation has funded preservation planning projects at 71 colleges and universities across the country, as well as surveys of hundreds of small liberal arts colleges. These grants have played a catalytic role in helping colleges and universities understand the significance of the historic resources on their campuses and plan for their long-term preservation.

The 2006 Campus Heritage Grants will help begin preservation planning for Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings at Florida Southern College, the urban campuses of Emerson College in Boston and New York University, the 'signature' contemporary structures of the University of Cincinnati, and the landscapes of the University of California, Davis, among others.

"American college and university campuses are often museums of great architecture and design. They provide students, faculty and visitors with both inspiration and a vital link to the past," says Joan Weinstein, interim director, the Getty Foundation. "Our grants have assisted these institutions as they make plans to care for, maintain, and preserve their important historic resources."

2006 Campus Heritage Grants Recipients

Among the 2006 recipients is Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida, which includes the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on a single site. Constructed between 1939 and 1958, the 12 Wright buildings were based on a design the architect called "A Child of the Sun," featuring a waterdome formed by a circular pool and fountain system, and a network of covered walkways.  In the spirit of the Works Progress Administration, students helped to construct the school in exchange for their education. The Getty Foundation grant will help the small college develop a historic preservation master plan for its campus and its Wright buildings, which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

New York University (NYU) and Emerson College will receive grants to help preserve their respective urban campuses in New York City and Boston.  Both institutions have adapted a variety of commercial structures for academic use.  In the Piano Row Historic District near Boston Common, Emerson students now live and study in Moderne and Art Deco buildings. NYU, whose campus is spread across lower Manhattan, is comprised of over 90 buildings ranging from Federal-style row houses to late 19th- and early 20th-century manufacturing buildings, as well as modern structures designed by renowned architects.

The University of Cincinnati in Ohio will use the grant funds to develop a master preservation plan to bring the past and present together. By examining the relationship of their late 19th-and early 20th-century structures to their 'signature' contemporary buildings, they will establish guidelines for preserving both. Twenty important structures have been built since 1995, designed by a virtual Who's Who of architecture, including Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, Machado and Silvetti Associates, Bernard Tschumi, and Morphosis.

Recipients in California include two institutions with significant landscapes-the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) and Mills College in Oakland. Established in 1905, UC Davis is situated on the site of a Patwin Native American settlement.  The campus' agricultural fields and designed landscape spaces are among its most significant historic resources, shaped over the years by a number of landscape architects including Thomas Church and Lawrence Halprin.  The grant will enable the university to develop a landscape heritage plan.  Mills College, set in a valley of streams and small hills planted with over 50,000 trees, is today an oasis in the midst of the urban sprawl of the San Francisco Bay area.  Grant funds will be used to create a preservation master plan that documents the campus from its nineteenth-century origins to the present day, including its cultural landscape, nationally significant architecture, and continued commitment to innovative women's education.

In Maryland, grantees include the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City.  Founded in 1845, the Naval Academy's campus encompasses almost 350 acres and represents one of the finest, most complete examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the U.S.  It was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1961.  St. Mary’s College, located in the 17th-century capital of Maryland, is surrounded by the remnants of America’s colonial past.  The College will use grant funds to produce a preservation master plan for sites associated with its campus and the surrounding local historic area.

The grant to Oregon State University in Corvallis will support a comprehensive preservation plan and education and outreach to inform students and the community about the university’s historical resources. Spanning 570 acres, the campus retains elements of the original plan developed by the Olmsted Brothers firm in 1909, including Romanesque-Richardsonian and Neoclassical buildings, which are balanced by campus quads, pedestrian paths, and tree-lined streets.

Constructed between 1872 and 1939, the buildings of the University of Kansas in Lawrence represent the evolution of institutional architecture from the Late Victorian-Romanesque Revival through Beaux-Arts Classicism to Collegiate Gothic, with elements based on a campus plan developed in 1903 by the noted landscape architect George Kessler.  Grant funds will help the university document and assess its varied landscapes, revise National Register nominations, and provide treatment guidelines for its historic buildings.

Recipients from the South include Tuskegee University in Alabama, which gained distinction under the leadership of its first president, Booker T. Washington. Today, the sprawling campus sits on over 5,000 acres and includes a farm, forestland, and an historic airfield.  The University of Tennessee in Knoxville has a long and impressive history, occupied by both armies during the Civil War, linked to the Tennessee Valley Authority and Oak Ridge, and a site for the 1982 World’s Fair. The University has 220 buildings on 550 acres, including nine excellent examples of early twentieth-century Collegiate Gothic architecture built between 1921 and 1935. The core of the campus of the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge is a Beaux-Arts design, based on an Olmsted Brothers’ plan. It is comprised of eighteen buildings including the original Hill Memorial Library, an austere adaptation of McKim, Mead & White’s Boston Public Library, and the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Tower, which Huey Long later used as a model for the Louisiana State Capitol Building.

2006 Campus Heritage Grant Recipients

Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts, $200,000

Florida Southern College (FSC), Lakeland, $195,000

Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, $180,000

Mills College, Oakland, California, $170,000

New York University (NYU), New York, $180,000

Oregon State University (OSU), Corvallis, $190,000

St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), St. Mary’s City, $145,000

Tuskegee University, Alabama, $115,000

United States Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Maryland, $190,000

University of California at Davis (UC Davis), $175,000

University of Cincinnati (NM), Ohio, $150,000

University of Kansas (KU), Lawrence, $130,000

University of Tennessee (UT), Knoxville, $150,000

See Campus Heritage Grant Recipients for a complete list of Campus Heritage Grant, including 2006 recipients.

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Beth Brett
Getty Communications Dept.

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