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The Getty Foundation has awarded its third annual round of “Keeping it Modern” grants, a funding initiative that supports model projects for the conservation of Modern architecture. This year’s nine winners span five continents, and one of them is in DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State’s backyard. Wallace Harrison’s First Presbyterian Church in Stamford, CT (1958), more commonly known as the “Fish Church” because of its shape, will receive $130,000 to help fund the development of a conservation management plan to guide future interventions and maintenance at the site.... MORE

First Presbyterian Church, Stamford, CT, Wallace Harrison. photo: DOCOMOMO US

News from upstate. The future of Buffalo’s tallest building, One Seneca Tower has been in question ever since it suffered a mass exodus of tenants in 2013. However, a fresh infusion of investment and redevelopment energy may be on its way following the building’s purchase by Washington, D.C.-based Douglas Development Corporation. Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill designed the Brutalist, precast concrete building as the headquarters for Marine Midland Savings Bank. Planning for the building began in the 1960s during Buffalo’s urban renewal program. Construction began in 1969 and was completed in 1972. ... MORE

At its annual meeting this past July in Istanbul, the World Heritage Committee announced 21 new sites (out of 44 nominations) to be inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Two of the nominations to land a coveted spot on the list represent Modern architectural heritage: a group listing of 17 architectural works by Le Corbusier, and the Pampulha Modern Ensemble, a garden city project designed by Oscar Niemeyer, Roberto Burle Marx, and other Brazilian Modernists. A third nomination, for a set of ten Frank Lloyd Wright works, was not chosen for listing. ... MORE

Pampulha Modern Ensemble, Belo Horizonte, Brazil © Marcilio Gazzinelli