World Monuments Fund
December 2009
Easter Island: New Sustainable Visitor Center
In early December, WMF and American Express held a press conference in Santiago, Chile, to announce plans for a sustainable visitor reception center at Easter Island's Orongo Ceremonial Village, Watch-listed in 1996 and 2000. Part of the WMF/American Express Sustainable Tourism Initiative, the center will integrate existing facilities, and incorporate solar and wind energy, as well as a rainwater recycling system. It is expected to be completed by late fall 2010 and will introduce visitors to Rapa Nui National Park, a site becoming more popular with tourists every year.
Breaking News
We have just learned that Mount Lebanon Shaker Village in New York has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the federal program, Save America's Treasures, to stabilize the Great Stone Barn. The award acknowledges our long-standing commitment to the site that began when it was listed on the 2004 Watch. WMF supported planning and the pilot stage of the barn's stabilization and we are thrilled.
Project at Castle Hartenfels Underway
Restoration work on the Schöner Erker, a beautiful carved-stone oriel window at Castle Hartenfels in Torgau, Germany, recently got underway. The elaborate, multi-story 16th-century window is based on one of Lucas Cranach the Elder's designs. This project continues our commitment to the site, where we have been working since 2000.
Modernism at Risk on the Road
WMF's traveling exhibition, "Modernism at Risk: Modern Solutions for Saving Modern Landmarks", will be on view at the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach from December 21 to February 6, 2010. The exhibition will come to New York City in the winter, where it will be on view at the AIA New York Center for Architecture from mid-February through April 15, 2010.
WMF Staff Out and About
WMF President Bonnie Burnham and Norma Barbacci, Director of Programs for Latin America, recently traveled to Lima, Peru, where they met with 2010 Watch nominators, gave interviews to local press, and visited our project at Casa de las Columnas, a site in the historic center of Lima. Their visit came at a critical point and was widely publicized; shortly thereafter the Peruvian executive branch of government passed a "supreme decree" that will enable new opportunities for restoration of threatened residential areas in Lima's historic center.

Norma then went on to Cuba, where she spoke at an international conference for historic city centers, met with local preservation organizations, and visited the National Art Schools, Watch-listed in 2000 and 2002.

VP for Field Programs John Stubbs made a quick trip to Los Angeles to address the Beverly Hills Women's Club. Among the attendees was Jeanne Tripplehorn, WMF's celebrity spokesperson, taking a break from shooting the next season of HBO's Big Love.
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