Two Saarinen sites in Indiana receive Getty Foundation Keeping It Modern grants


Michele Racioppi


Docomomo US staff


News, Newsletter July 2019
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Landmark Columbus will be receiving a 2019 Keeping it Modern Planning Grant from the Getty Foundation for the iconic North Christian Church, which was designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1964. Additionally, another Keeping it Modern grant was awarded to Saarinen’s Miller House and Garden.

Grant funds for North Christian Church will help stewards of the iconic church develop a strategy to ensure the house of worship remains an active and vital presence in the civic life of Columbus. The grant for the Miller House will fund a systematic conservation management plan to handle current and future challenges stemming from its open layout, skylights, and glass and steel walls.

The Keeping It Modern grant program was developed to address the challenges of preserving our modern architectural heritage. It is an international grant initiative that continues the Getty's deep commitment to architectural conservation with a focus on important buildings of the twentieth century. The first grants were awarded in 2014, and 64 projects have been awarded to date. The Foundation is offering one more year of Keeping It Modern architectural conservation grants for direct project support to be awarded in 2020.

Amidst this exciting news, there has never been a better time to make a trip to the "midwestern mecca of architecture." If you do make the trip, don't miss Exhibit Columbus’ second exhibition, Good Design and the Community, which features 18 temporary architectural installations and projects by artists and graphic designers. As part of the Opening Weekend events, Exhibition Conversations will bring together the esteemed group of exhibition participants to discuss their installations in the context of the unique design legacy of Columbus. Opening Weekend is also a celebration of the entire Columbus community that, for over 75 years, has invested in their belief in the power that art, architecture, and design has to improve peoples’ lives and making cities better places to live.