From Eero Saarinen’s North Christian Church in Indiana to Ernst May’s Uganda National Museum, these structures have been selected for preservation funding
The list of buildings that will receive funding—reaching into several new countries for the first time: Argentina, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Mozambique, Spain, and Uganda—includes the following:
Since its inception in 2014, Keeping It Modern has supported 64 national and international conservation projects. Previous recipients include the Eames House in California, the Sydney Opera House, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple in Illinois, to name a few. “Grant funding supports the creation of conservation management plans that guide long-term maintenance strategy, studies of building conditions, and the testing and analysis of modern materials,” says Wilmering. “Activities in these areas can range from archival research to 3D laser scanning, or material research on a particular type of concrete to training workshops for local professionals.”
While there isn’t a theme each year for its grants, this year followed the linear path of adaptive reuse projects. “Because some of the preservation problems of 20th-century architecture seem so daunting, it can be an easy decision to replace a building with something new,” explains Wilmering. “But adaptive reuse is actually a very thoughtful approach, and it is often the best solution for preserving modern architecture. Building codes have changed over time, visitor numbers have increased for many sites, and energy efficiency is more important than ever. To meet these challenges, adaptive reuse is often the only feasible solution to avoid obsolescence, which often leads to demolition.” Here’s to the enjoyment of these 10 iconic buildings in this century, and hopefully the next as well.