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Getty Awards Prestigous Grant to Reed College

The $140,000 grant from the Getty will fund a conservation master plan for the college's historic architecture and landscaping

PORTLAND, OR (August 6, 2004) - Reed College in Portland, Oregon, was recently awarded $140,000 from the Getty to fund the preparation of a heritage master plan for the 94-year old college's historic architecture and landscaping. The Getty grant allows the college to survey campus buildings constructed up to 1967, develop a history of the campus landscape from the pre-college era through the present day, and record significant landscape features.

Since 2002, the Getty, one of the largest philanthropic supporters of visual arts in the country, has awarded over $7 million to more than 50 colleges and universities in a nationwide effort to preserve historic buildings, sites, and landscapes. The Campus Heritage Grants have enabled educational institutions in 24 states to research and develop conservation plans to protect campuses in all regions of the country. Grantees include such colleges and universities as University of Chicago, Bryn Mawr College, Barnard College, Scripps College, Brown University and Columbia University in New York.

"Since a large portion of this nation's distinguished architectural heritage is found on college and university campuses, it is extremely important to incorporate historic preservation into the campus master planning process," added Deborah Marrow, director of The Getty Grant Program. "We are delighted that the response to this year's Campus Heritage initiative was so strong, and impressed by the excellent project submitted by Reed College."  

In 2011, Reed College will celebrate 100 years since the first classes were held at the acclaimed liberal arts and sciences college. As Reed begins its centennial planning, it is increasingly mindful of the historic value of its buildings and landscape. The land that Reed occupies was originally part of a 640-acre dairy farm called Crystal Springs. Today, the Reed campus comprised 107 contiguous acres with 54 buildings, including a 21-acre natural area where the Crystal Springs continue to flow and feed Reed Lake and Crystal Springs Creek.

Reed will use a team of architectural, landscape, and preservation consultants to identify, record, and interpret the significant character-defining features of its natural and built environment. Having established this, clear and direct planning guidelines will be developed to address the protection and possible restoration of these resources. The scope of the building survey will emphasize structures that represent the historic architectural core of the campus. The goal is to establish heritage resource preservation as an important value to be considered in future campus-planning processes. The information will enable Reed to proceed with planning activities for its centennial with confidence and historical sensitivity.

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The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts that features the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Grant Program. The J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs are based at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

The Getty Grant Program is part of the J. Paul Getty Trust, an international cultural and philanthropic institution devoted to the visual arts located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. The Getty Grant Program provides crucial support to institutions and individuals throughout the world in fields that are aligned most closely with the Getty's strategic priorities. It therefore funds a diverse range of projects that promote learning and scholarship about the history of the visual arts and the conservation of cultural heritage, and it consistently searches for collaborative efforts that set high standards and make significant contributions. Additional information is available on the Getty web site at .