Architectural Conservation Grants
From 1988–2008, the Foundation awarded Architectural Conservation Grants for the preservation of some of the world's most significant historic buildings. The Foundation's grants promoted best practices in the field and complemented the work of the Getty Conservation Institute. The emphasis with these grants was on planning, particularly the extremely important, yet often overlooked, preliminary historic research, materials analysis, and documentation needed to create sound conservation plans that could then guide future work. Getty grants also supported conservation treatment of select monuments. In addition, grant-funded projects often incorporated training opportunities to increase the impact of a given project. Below are two key examples.

The Villa Jeanneret-Perret (1912), or La Maison Blanche, in Switzerland was Le Corbusier's first independent architectural project. This important early residence reflects Le Corbusier's interest in structural rationalism that would characterize his later career, yet it had suffered from years of neglect. Following the creation of a comprehensive conservation plan by a team of historians, architects, engineers, and conservators, Getty funds helped restore the house to its original state.

Located in northwest India, the Nagaur-Ahhichatragarh fort in Rajastan, Jodhpur is one of the finest examples of Rajput-Mughal architecture. Dating primarily from the 16th–18th centuries, this fortified complex of palaces, elaborate gardens, temples and a mosque had fallen into ruin. With the help of a series of Getty grants, the Mehrangarh Museum Trust is overseeing the multi-year conservation of the fort, using both traditional building methods and modern scientific techniques. Getty funds also enabled students and faculty from the Courtauld Institute in London to participate in the conservation of the wall paintings at the fort. In 2002 the project was recognized with a UNESCO Award for Excellence in Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Museum Conservation Grants
From 1988–2008, our Museum Conservation Grants supported conservation research and treatment of paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts of international significance. Like our architectural grants, the emphasis was on supporting best practices, and on interdisciplinary collaborations between conservators and art historians that could yield new insights and methodologies to benefit both fields. Preference was given to model projects, and those with training components that could greatly extend the impact of a given project beyond the host institution.

A key example is the Victoria and Albert Museum's ground breaking preservation of the Mazarin Chest, one of the finest examples of seventeenth-century Japanese export lacquer. The chest had suffered from centuries of exposure to light and humidity, and a Getty grant allowed a team of Japanese and British conservators to develop an innovative treatment that integrated traditional Japanese methods with modern Western conservation practices. The approach holds great promise for the treatment of similar objects and is being widely disseminated to the field. The project was also featured in an exhibition at the Getty Museum, Tales in Sprinkled Gold.

Campus Heritage Preservation
This six-year initiative was designed to assist colleges and universities in the United States in managing and preserving the integrity of their significant historic buildings, sites, and landscapes. Grants were awarded for projects that focused on the research and survey of historic resources, preparation of preservation master plans, and development of detailed conservation assessments. From 2002 to 2007, the Campus Heritage Initiative supported preservation efforts for 86 historic campuses across the country, a nationwide survey of independent colleges, and a national conference on campus preservation issues through grants totaling more than $13.5 million. The preservation plans produced through the initiative were made available on an interactive Web portal developed through a grant to the Society for College and University Planning. The Campus Heritage Initiative resulted in broad-based awareness of the need for preservation planning on college and university campuses and for integrating preservation planning into the master planning process.

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Preserve L.A.
This three-year local initiative focused on the conservation of Los Angeles County's rich architectural heritage. Preserve L.A. grants supported the preservation of a wide variety of buildings and sites that are of architectural, historical, and cultural significance. Funded projects were designed to strengthen the practice of architectural conservation and to serve as models for the preservation of other historic buildings and sites in the region. From 2000 to 2003, 54 grants were awarded totaling $3.8 million to such landmarks as the Gamble House in Pasadena and the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, as well as to significant community resources including the Far East Building in Little Tokyo, the Lopez Adobe in the city of San Fernando, and the Second Baptist Church in South Los Angeles.