WMF Journal


January 14, 2013

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Work Begins at the New York Studio School

Posted by Frank Sanchis, Program Director, United States
World Monuments Fund

WMF’s project in collaboration with the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University launched this week. Students from the Conservation Center will analyze paint finishes on the spectacular fireplace and chimney of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney studio at the New York Studio School. On January 7 the first order of business was a scaffold safety training program.

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November 29, 2012

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WMF in Cuenca

Posted by Verónica Dávila, Fundacion Conservartecuador
World Monuments Fund

Located in the Tomebamba Valley in Cuenca, Ecuador, the religious complex of Todosantos has a deeply rooted history and traditions that continue today. The first church was built on the site of “El Usno,” an Inca ceremonial site, following the Spanish conquest of the region and the founding of the town of Cuenca, a World Heritage Site since 1999.

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November 16, 2012

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2012 Hadrian Award Gala

Posted by Sharon Breland, Special Events Director
The two award-winners: Kenneth Chenault and the Duke of Devonshire
The two award-winners: Kenneth Chenault and the Duke of Devonshire

On October 23, a distinguished group of guests gathered at the Plaza to honor Kenneth I. Chenault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express and the Duke of Devonshire KCVO CBE DL. Henry Kissinger's tribute to Kenneth Chenault upon his receipt of WMF's Hadrian Award illustrated Mr. Chenault's tremendous commitment to preserving irreplaceable historic sites around the world.

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November 15, 2012

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As an intern with WMF and the Fundación Altiplano, I was working under the supervision of Cristian Heinsen and Magdalena Pereira, who are the Executive Director and the Vice Director of the Fundación Altiplano, respectively. The Fundación Altiplano’s mission is to promote a model of sustainable development that strengthens the rich traditions of Andean communities in the modern world.

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October 12, 2012

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A Tour of the Four Freedoms Memorial in New York City

Posted by Ben Haley, Communications Manager
World Monuments Fund
The colossal head of FDR with the United Nations in the background.

WMF staff in New York visited the Four Freedoms Memorial on Roosevelt Island in New York City in advance of its opening to the public in October. We were given the tour by Gina Pollara, Executive Director of the Four Freedoms Park and one of the people who worked tirelessly for years to see Louis Kahn’s vision for this space realized nearly 40 years after it was conceived.

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