American Express Awards $1 Million to Threatened Cultural Sites Included on 2018 World Monuments Watch
Funding to Restore Eight Cultural Heritage Sites Including Historic Kitchen Garden of Versailles and Iconic British Piers Damaged from Effects of Climate Change
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, June 12, 2018— American Express and World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced $1 million in funding to support preservation efforts at eight endangered cultural heritage sites included on the 2018 World Monuments Watch.
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Panels tell story of oldest government buildings
The Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings were badly damaged in the earthquakes but newly installed information panels will help people understand their enduring significance.
De diseñador de zapatos de lujo a guardián de una cueva en Cantabria
American shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, who has been producing shoes in Spain since the 1970s, visited La Garma in September 2017.
Stuart Weitzman volvió a visitar La Garma
Renowned shoe designer Stuart Weitzman visited the cave of La Garma in Cantabria, Spain in the fall of 2017. Through World Monuments Fund, Weitzman is championing a project to conserve and promote the unique heritage found in La Garma.
An Architectural Rescue Gone Wrong
There was a brief moment when it looked like the vacant Government Center in Orange County, New York, was on its way to a thoughtful restoration—a rare win for advocates of preserving the often-unpopular icons of Brutalist architecture.
Built in 1971 in the village of Goshen, the striking complex is composed of three buildings with 87 roofs; it’s revered for its audacious design and recognized as one of architect Paul Rudolph’s very best public projects.
Asbestos: A Hidden Hazard in Monuments (Japanese publication)
(Article published in Japanese; summary translated to English) World Monuments Fund embarked on an activity to enlighten local people in a developing country regarding the hazard of asbestos, a substance still widely used in developing countries. WMF utilizes the opportunity to repair historical monuments. It believes that with cultural assets as the subject matter, people’s understanding can be improved on the hazards of asbestos which will lead to a ban of its use.