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Getty Grants for Conservation of Ahhichatragarh-Nagaur Fort

April 13, 1999

The Getty Grant Program has awarded two grants totaling $300,000 for the conservation of the Ahhichatragarh-Nagaur Fort. Both grants were awarded to the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, a public charitable trust that manages the fort and is dedicated to preserving local culture. The Ahhichatragarh-Nagaur Fort consists of a vast complex of palaces, buildings, and gardens contained by a two-tiered city wall located in Nagaur City in Rajastan, Jodhpur, India. Much of the existing site dates to the 18th century, and the complex is considered one of the most important historic sites in northwestern India. Structural damage, water penetration, and the sheer size of the complex have created a number of extensive preservation problems for the buildings. The first grant ($50,000) was awarded in 1992 and enabled a team of architects, engineers, surveyors, conservation specialists, and traditional crafts specialists to conduct a full analysis of the conservation issues facing the complex and develop a comprehensive plan for its conservation.

Based on the planning completed with the initial grant, 25 structures in most urgent need of conservation were identified. The second grant ($250,000) was awarded in 1997 and is currently supporting the conservation of these structures. Work on this project is progressing well and is expected to be completed in 2000.

Both grants were awarded under the Architectural Conservation Grants category, which is one of the many types of funding provided by the Getty Grant Program to support scholarship, conservation, and education in the visual arts internationally.

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