Coventry Cathedral says it is proud to stand alongside Boston City Hall in the USA and the Bauhaus Building in Germany as one of 12 worldwide recipients of the Getty Foundation’s 2017 ‘Keeping It Modern’ grants.
Keeping It Modern grants are awarded to ongoing conservation projects that promise to ‘advance conservation practice’ with modern and contemporary architectural relics.
The grant initiative, in its fourth year, aims to fill funding gaps for threatened structures, allowing owners and operators to commission preservation, structural, or renovation studies. The initiative has afforded 45 such grants since its inception.
It comes as the cathedral this year launched an appeal to raise millions of pounds from the public and businesses to plug a funding gaps and keep up improvements.
Promotional material for the award states: “The story of Coventry Cathedral is famous across the globe.
“The Cathedral was consecrated in 1962 as part of the post-World War II reconstruction effort in England. Designed by Sir Basil Spence, Coventry Cathedral fuses the ruins of the old Cathedral of St Michael with the modern structure using red sandstone walls, slender columns, minimally vaulted ceilings, and numerous bays of stained glass windows.
“he merging of the modern building with the ruins has resulted in a holy space where visitors and worshippers can experience the union of past and present.
“Although Coventry Cathedral has been in good care, fifty years of continuous use has resulted in the patina of age and some mechanical failures of building services.
“The Keeping It Modern grant will allow the Cathedral architect to work with a team of conservation specialists on the creation of a comprehensive conservation management plan. The resulting plan will allow the building’s stewards to address the Cathedral’s much-needed repairs and prepare for long-term sustainability.”
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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that includes the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation.