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Emerson College, Boston, Massachusetts
$200,000

Founded in 1880 in Boston's Back Bay, Emerson College began as a small school dedicated to the field of oratory. Over the years it has evolved into an internationally recognized college devoted exclusively to the study of communications and the liberal arts. In 1992 due to space constraints and with the goal of creating an urban, residential campus, the College systematically began acquiring eight historically significant, yet underutilized buildings in the Piano Row Historic District next to the Boston Common. With grant support, Emerson will undertake new assessments of the physical conditions of the exteriors of the buildings and prepare a prioritized conservation and maintenance plan for their properties in the historic district.

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Florida Southern College, Lakeland, Florida
$195,000

In 1938 Frank Lloyd Wright designed a masterplan for the west campus of this small school founded in 1885 by the Methodist Episcopal Church. Wright's plan, called "The Child of the Sun," included eighteen separate buildings, a waterdome formed by a circular pool and fountain system, and a network of covered walkways. The College built twelve of the proposed structures between 1939 and 1958 making it the largest single-site collection of Wright's architecture in the world. With Getty funds, Florida Southern College will develop a Historic Preservation Master Plan for its historic campus core and guidelines for the care and conservation of the site as a whole.

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Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
$180,000

In 1988, the central part of the Louisiana State University (LSU) campus was designated an historic district on the National Register. The core of the campus' Beaux-Arts design, based on an Olmsted Brother's plan, 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. Grant funds will allow the University to develop a comprehensive preservation plan including an inventory and documentation of the school's historic buildings and landscapes, as well as make condition assessments of individual buildings.

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Mills College, Oakland, California
$170,000

First named the Young Ladies Seminary, Mills College was founded in 1852 by Cyrus and Susan Mills as the first women's college west of the Rockies. In 1871 it moved to its current 135-acre campus set in a valley of streams and small hills planted with over 50,000 trees reflecting the picturesque sensibilities of the nineteenth-century landscape design. 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.

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New York University
$180,000

Founded in 1831, New York University (NYU) was established with the goal of being "a center of higher learning open to all, regardless of national origin, religious beliefs, or social background." The campus is spread across lower Manhattan and its representative structures include buildings from early nineteenth-century Greek Revival and Federal Style row houses, to late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century manufacturing buildings, as well as modern, purpose-built academic and residential facilities designed by world renowned architects. NYU will develop a preservation plan that will address 96 buildings, 65 of which are located within locally designated historic districts and two others that are historic landmarks.

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Oregon State University, Corvallis
$190,000

Established in 1868 as Oregon's first land grant institution, Oregon State University acquired its current name in 1927. Little remains of the nineteenth-century campus, but the University retains many of the characteristics of the 1909 Olmsted Brother's plan designed to promote "architectural harmony." Spanning 570 acres, the campus boasts Romanesque-Richardsonian and Neoclassical buildings, balanced by campus quads, pedestrian paths and tree-lined streets. Thirteen of the campus' buildings are listed locally by the City of Corvallis. Grant funds will support the creation of a comprehensive Historical Preservation Plan.

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St. Mary's College of Maryland
$145,000

St. Mary's College of Maryland, a small liberal arts college founded in 1840, is surrounded by the remains of America's colonial past. In 1997 the College formed a partnership with historic St. Mary's City and Trinity Episcopal Church for the oversight of the local historic area, a National Historic Landmark District since 1969. St. Mary's College will use grant funds to produce a landscape management plan for the sites associated with the College-owned Calvert Hall (1924) and St. Mary's Hall (1904), the City-owned reconstructed State House (1934), and the Church-owned Chapel of Trinity Parish (c.1830). The resulting Preservation Master Plan will allow the College and its partners to address planning needs and improve stewardship and preservation within the historic area.

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Tuskegee University, Alabama
$115,000

Founded in 1881, Tuskegee University gained national distinction and independence under the leadership of its first president, Booker T. Washington. Starting with thirty students in a single modest structure, Tuskegee University now accommodates nearly 4,000 students in five colleges on its 5,000 acres, which includes the main campus, a farm, forestland, and an historic airfield. The core of the campus is now listed as a National Historic Landmark District. Tuskegee will prepare an overall preservation plan for the historic structures, landscapes, and sites on its main campus and focus in-depth on preservation planning for five of its most historic structures built between 1893 and 1902.

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United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland
$190,000

Founded in 1845 as a naval school, the United States Naval Academy trains future officers for command in the Naval Services. The campus, which attracts more than two million visitors each year, represents one of the most complete and stellar examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States and was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1961. The Academy will complete a survey of its historic structures, including an inventory of the character-defining features and historic fabric for each building. This will be followed by the development of conservation guidelines and treatment strategies for all of the buildings, and in-depth treatment plans for two of the most important historic buildings.

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University of California, Davis
$175,000

The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) was established in 1905 as the University Farm affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley. The site has a rich history, beginning as a Patwin Native American settlement and developing as a large Mexican land grant after 1845. The initial development of the campus included several working farms and ranches. Since UC Davis has been such an important site of agricultural education and experimentation throughout its history, these agricultural and landscape elements are closely tied to the significance of the school. With grant funds, the University will develop a landscape heritage plan, researching the history and evolution of its designed landscapes and agricultural lands.

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

The University of Cincinnati sits on 198-urban acres north of the city, a site it has occupied since 1895. Today the campus is a virtual museum of 'signature' buildings and landscapes, with twenty important structures built since 1995 by such architects and firms such as Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman, Machado and Silvetti, Bernard Tschumi, Morphosis, Laurie Olin, and Hargreaves Associates. The campus also includes a series of late nineteenth-and early twentieth-century buildings and landscapes, including the Cincinnati Observatory, a National Historic Landmark property. By examining the relationship of older buildings and landscapes to newer ones, the school will develop guidelines for preserving both into the future.

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University of Kansas, Lawrence
$130,000

Chartered in 1863 to provide the men and women of Kansas with "a means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science and arts," the University of Kansas opened to students in 1866. In 1903 a Beaux-Arts campus plan was developed under the direction of noted landscape architect George Kessler. Today, the University's buildings represent the evolution of institutional architecture from Late Victorian Romanesque Revival through Beaux-Arts Classicism to Collegiate Gothic. With Getty support, the University will complete documentation and assessment of the campus landscape, revise National Register Nominations, and provide interpretation and treatment guidelines.

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
$150,000

Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee (UT) was the first non-sectarian institution of higher learning established in the United States. The campus 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. Grant funds will be used to inventory and assess campus buildings and sites, review administrative policies, and recommend improved approaches to preservation across the University.

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