Three local Modern sites hits the Watch List
January 13, 2012
Every two years the World Monuments Fund (WMF) releases a list of Watch Sites to focus attention on international cultural heritage sites that are at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change. The 2012 List highlights 67 sites in 41 countries. Of only six sites selected in the United States, four are located in New York state, and of those four, three are Modern! They are Russel Wright’s Manitoga in Garrison, SOM’s Manufacturers Trust Company Building on Fifth Avenue, and the Orange County Government Center in Goshen–each of which has been a site for DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State outreach and activity in the past couple of years. A place on the WMF Watch is hard to celebrate because it confirms an uncertain future. But it also brings much needed attention, the first step in securing a site’s future. We are pleased that the WMF Committee recognizes the all-too-real threats facing buildings of the recent past.