WMF Journal


April 17, 2013

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The Franciscan Monastery Library in Dubrovnik, Croatia, dates to 1235.

The heritage of education is the theme of this year’s International Day for Monuments and Sites, celebrated on April 18 and intended to draw attention to shared cultural heritage concerns across the globe.

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April 10, 2013

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Three Months in Arica, Part II

Posted by Montalvo and María Ester Vasquez, Grupo Patrimonio Qoriorqo

On the last day of January, we prepared for our trip to Socoroma, where we would be for 10 days while working on the church rectory, which serves as the town’s information center. Work began on February 4 with the Pawa ceremony, where the workers pay tribute to the land they will work on. The first tasks included clearing the site and removing plaster coating.

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March 28, 2013

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Mashing Modernism

Posted by Frank Sanchis, Program Director, United States
World Monuments Fund
Photo © Uncommon fritillary, Wikimedia Commons

Coming directly on the heels of the demolition of Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama at Gettysburg Battlefield in Pennsylvania, the Chicago Landmarks Commission approval of Northwestern University’s plan to demolish Prentice Women’s Hospital, a striking 1975 landmark building by Bertrand Goldberg, underscores the national under-appreciation of the significance of modernism.

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March 26, 2013

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Wangduechhoeling Palace, a Historic Treasure

Posted by Tshering Yangzom and Sonam Gayleg, Bhutan Foundation
World Monuments Fund

An architectural masterpiece with perhaps the finest representation of nineteenth-century Bhutanese architecture, Wangduechhoeling Palace is a powerful symbol of the establishment of the monarchy in Bhutan. The palace’s construction marks the beginning of peace and stability in the country.

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March 19, 2013

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Conserving the Traditional Architecture of the Asantes

Posted by Frederick Kofi Amekudi, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
World Monuments Fund
First restoration of the roof executed by GMMB with CRAterre, Photo © Thierry Joffroy, 1998

Traditional buildings constructed with local materials and traditional plans are found in all the regions of Ghana. Though the architectural forms differ from region to region, the problems of their maintenance and repair are very similar. The group of Asante traditional shrines has a strong symbolic, social, religious, and historical value.

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