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Getty's Preserve L.A. Grant Program Seeks New Applications by August 20, 2001

Funds Support Conservation of Historical, Cultural Sites throughout L.A. County

July 30, 2001

Los Angeles--The Getty Grant Program is now accepting applications for the 2001 cycle of its Preserve L.A. grants, a three-year initiative developed to support the conservation of Los Angeles County's rich architectural heritage. Last year's inaugural grant awards, which totaled $1.4 million, were distributed among 21 local projects that reflect the area's cultural and architectural diversity. The deadline for this year's applications is August 20, 2001.

"We are very pleased to continue this exciting program and we encourage application submissions from all areas of Los Angeles County," says Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Grant Program. "Los Angeles' historical buildings and sites are important parts of our cultural heritage, and they help define and enhance our lives and our communities. Unfortunately, many of these sites are faced with decay because of insufficient resources for proper planning and conservation. Preserve L.A. grants aim to address this need and preserve our history for future generations."

Nonprofit, charitable, or government organizations that own historic buildings or sites in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply for Preserve L.A. funding. Two categories of grants are available. Planning grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded for the development of comprehensive conservation plans, including research documentation and appropriate analyses. Implementation grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded to a select number of model projects for actual stabilization and conservation of a site's historic structure and fabric. All projects are considered for architectural, historical, and cultural significance, and the potential to serve as a model for the preservation and conservation of other historic buildings and sites.

"One of the best things about Preserve L.A. is that no project is too big or too small for consideration," noted John Oddy, Getty program officer. "Los Angeles' cultural and architectural heritage can be seen everywhere--in buildings, in murals, in landscapes--and this project is dedicated to helping preserve that history no matter where it is within the county."

Previous Grants Already Making an Impact

Among last year's grant recipients is Los Angeles' oldest African-American church, the Second Baptist Church in South Central Los Angeles, which was designed by L.A.'s preeminent architect Paul Williams. The 74-year-old sanctuary remains the foundation of economic, cultural, and religious life for the surrounding community. The Getty funds will be used to research, document, and identify the conservation needs of the structure and preserve its landmark 1920s Romanesque Revival architecture.

"The intangible benefits of the Preserve L.A. grant are just as important as the obvious, tangible benefits," says David Crippens, chair of the board of trustees of the Second Baptist Church. "The site itself is a symbol of strength. Its physical preservation will help to foster a sense of continuity within our community and inspire the congregation to rebuild and enhance neighborhoods surrounding the church."

The Getty funds have also served as a catalyst for other donors to step forward in support of local architectural conservation. For example, after reading a newspaper article about the Getty's grant of $250,000 to the Griffith Observatory, actor Leonard Nimoy and wife Suzanne Bay Nimoy were inspired to learn more about the Observatory's overall renovation and expansion plans. As a result, the Nimoys gave $1 million to the Observatory's renovation campaign, becoming not only its major individual donors to date, but also active advocates for the project.

Other projects funded by the Getty in 2000 include the Alpha Gamma Omega Foundation, one of the oldest graduate chapters of the first African-American sorority, for preservation of its 1911 Craftsman house; Frank Lloyd Wright's Freeman House, which was designed in 1924 and served as a center of avant-garde artistic and political activity in Los Angeles from the 1920s until the 1980s; the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, a synagogue built in 1929; and the Lopez Adobe, an 1882 homestead in the city of San Fernando.

Grant application guidelines and grant applications for Preserve L.A. are available from the Getty Grant Program office at 310-440-7320, or at

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Editor's Note: Photographs of inaugural grant awardees' projects are available by contacting Lisa Brown at the J. Paul Getty Trust. Telephone, 310-440-6439; E-mail,

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