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2012 World Monuments Watch

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2012 Watch: International Awareness, Local Action
The World Monument Watch raises international awareness about cultural heritage around the world that is at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change. It is also a call for action on the ground. Heritage advocates can leverage Watch listing to raise funds, confront urgent challenges, compel legal action, foster community engagement , and more. Share how you are prompting local action for a 2012 Watch site.



Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:31 pm

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Education & Training

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Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Tuff Towns
World Monuments Fund convened a four-day international symposium in the Italian tuff towns of Pitigliano, Civita di Bagnoregio, and Orvieto to address the pressing geological and cultural issues of the towns—namely, the conservation and preservation of their historic fabric, the collapse of fragile tuff stone cliffs, and the support of traditional agricultural activities essential for maintaining the landscape. The symposium was attended by a public composed of concerned experts, national and local authorities, interested people, and university students. Funding for the event was provided by American Express and the Kress Foundation.



Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:36 pm

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Modernism At Risk

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Modernism at Risk: Discussion & Resources
World Monuments Fund (WMF) has worked for decades to save endangered architectural and cultural sites around the globe, from the earliest settlements to 20th-century architecture. In recent years, we have increasingly noted that modern buildings face the same physical threats as ancient structures, despite a mistaken view that modern materials are less fragile than those used in earlier times. In addition, 20th-century architecture often suffers from a lack of understanding of its historical significance.

WMF's Modernism at Risk initiative represents extraordinary—yet threatened—20th-century sites that transcend specific definitions, and brings advocacy and education to the forefront.



Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:55 pm

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ADGB Trade Union School
Bernau, Germany, 1930
Hannes Meyer (1889-1954) with Hans Wittwer (1894-1952)

The ADGB Trade Union School was one of the most significant commissions of the Bauhaus and its controversial second director, Hannes Meyer. The complex was substantially altered during the Second World War and the Communist occupation of East Berlin that followed. After the collapse of the Iron Curtain, the regional government of Brandenburg—in collaboration with a new occupant, the Handwerkskammer (Chamber of Crafts) Berlin—committed to restoring the educational and training facility.



Wed Feb 17, 2010 6:42 pm

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A. Conger Goodyear House
Old Westbury, New York, 1939
Edward Durell Stone (1902-1978)

Edward Durell Stone, one of the first American-born and -trained architects to practice International Style modernism, designed the house for the first president of the board of trustees of the Museum of Modern Art, Anson Conger Goodyear. The house, located in Old Westbury, New York, was Goodyear’s country retreat where he entertained his guests among an impressive collection of European avant-garde art, including paintings by Degas, Matisse, Picasso, and Gauguin. In November 2002, the house was narrowly been saved from demolition after being placed on the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites.



Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:59 pm

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Grosse Pointe Library
Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, 1953
Marcel Breuer (1902-1981)

The Modern Architecture Protection Agency came together for one common cause—to save this important, threatened example of modern architecture. With limited advocacy experience and knowledge of conventional preservation standards and guidelines, they worked with assistance from the World Monuments Fund towards saving the Grosse Pointe Library simply because of the historical importance of its designer, Marcel Breuer, one of the pivotal leaders of modern architecture. The Grosse Pointe Library was one of Breuer’s first major public commissions in the United States.



Thu Oct 18, 2018 6:38 am

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Riverview High School
Sarasota, Florida, 1958-2009
Paul Rudolph (1918-1997)

Riverview High School was demolished in June 2009. This seminal postwar school, one of the first public commissions of influential Modernist architect Paul Rudolph, was replaced by a parking lot to service a new, larger school adjacent to the site. Therazing of Riverview ended a two-year campaign to save the building that was launched by a group of local architects organized as the SAVE Riverview committee. The building was placed on the World Monuments Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites in 2008.



Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:35 pm

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Kent Memorial Library
Suffield, Connecticut, 1972
Joseph Warren Platner (1919-2005)

In July 2008, the residents of Suffield, Connecticut, voted against a referendum to fund the demolition and replacement of the Kent Memorial Library. Though spared for the moment, its long-term future is not assured, but the battle over its fate encapsulated many of the philosophical and practical issues faced by Main Street Modern buildings at risk—the schools, civic buildings, libraries, and houses of worship that anchor communities across the U.S. The building was designed in the modernist idiom by architect and designer Joseph Warren Platner.



Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:56 am

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