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Recent Press Releases

  • Preston Bus Station, British Brutalist Building, Wins 2021 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize
  • WMF’s Crisis Response Program to Support the Restoration of One of Peru’s Oldest Churches Destroyed by Recent Earthquake
  • World Monuments Fund Receives Grants from U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation
  • The Chancellerie d'Orléans Interiors Restored and Reassembled at the Hôtel de Rohan, Paris
  • World Monuments Fund Collaborates on Design for Mosul Cultural Museum Rehabilitation
  • World Monuments Fund Names New Board Members
  • Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex Named UNESCO World Heritage
  • First Tange Kenzo Survey In Tokyo Presented At National Archives Of Modern Architecture

November 18, 2021 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced John Puttick Associates has been awarded the 2021 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, recognizing its thoughtful and detailed conservation of Preston Bus Station, located in Preston, UK, a civic monument of central importance that serves as a hub for mass transit. To read the full press release, click here.

NEW YORK, NY, January 13, 2022—World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced today more than $20,000 to support crisis response and restoration efforts in the historic town of La Jalca Grande, Peru, following a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that struck the region on November 28, 2021. The earthquake severely damaged La Jalca Grande’s local church—one of the first built in the northeast of Peru—and destroyed its freestanding tower. To read the full press release, click here.

November 8, 2021 —World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced today that it has received three major grants totaling more than one million dollars from the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for projects at Takiyyat Al-Gulshani in Cairo, Egypt; Cerro Sechín in Ancash, Peru; and Old Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone. To read the full press release, click here.

October 19, 2021, Paris, France – Built in the early eighteenth century by architect Germain Boffrand and redecorated in the 1760s by Charles de Wailly, the famed townhouse or hôtel particulier known as the Chancellerie d'Orléans stood on the edge of the garden of the Palais-Royal in Paris, France. Classified as a historical monument in 1914, it was demolished in 1923 as part of a real estate and urban planning operation. The Banque de France then began reassembling its interiors, which had been dismantled piece by piece and carefully preserved. To read the full press release, click here.

October 12, 2021 –The project to rehabilitate the Mosul Cultural Museum has entered a new phase, transitioning from stabilization of the building to planning the Museum’s future as a vibrant gathering place that will aid in the city’s post-conflict recovery. Thanks to support from the International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas (ALIPH), World Monuments Fund (WMF) is working closely with Museum officials on a design for the building and landscape that honors the original vision of iconic Iraqi modernist architect Mohamed Makiya (1914 – 2015) with upgrades to the visitor experience. To read the full press release, click here.

September 14, 2021 - World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced the appointment of six new members to its Board of Trustees, reflecting the diverse international community that supports the organization’s mission of saving the world’s most treasured places. To read the full press release, click here.

July 27, 2021 - World Monuments Fund (WMF) celebrates the announcement that the Chankillo Archaeoastronomical Complex has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. To read the full press release, click here.

July 14, 2021 - This month marks the opening of the first major exhibition in Tokyo dedicated to Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tange Kenzo (1913–2005), whose designs combining traditional Japanese and modernist forms has had a profound influence on architecture in Japan and abroad. To read the full press release, click here.

2020 World Monuments Watch Press Kit

  • 2020 Watch Press Release
  • 2020 Watch Press Release (Spanish)
  • 2020 Watch Press Release (Japanese)
  • 2020 Watch at a Glance
  • 2020 Watch Facts and Figures
  • 2020 Watch Selection Committee
  • 2020 Watch Video
  • 2020 Watch Magazine