The Eames House was awarded a $100,000 architecture conservation grant by The Getty Foundation, as part of a new effort announced on Thursday by the arts philanthropy group to preserve 20th century buildings around the world.
The Pacific Palisades house at 203 Chautauqua Blvd., built in 1949 on a bluff among eucalyptus trees, is also known as Case Study House No. 8. It served as the home and studio for its designers, husband-and-wife architects Ray and Charles Eames.
The grant comes through The Getty Foundation’s newly created “Keeping It Modern” initiative. Grants were awarded for nine other buildings, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House in Chicago, Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House in Australia, I.M. Pei’s Luce Memorial Chapel in Taiwan and Louis Kahn’s Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla.
Other grant winners were: Hilario Candela’s Miami Marine Stadium; Alvar Aalto’s Paimio Sanatorium; Max Berg’s Centennial Hall in Poland; Dov Karmi’s Max Liebling House in Tel Aviv; and Le Corbusier’s apartment and studio in Paris.
The initiative “brings into sharp focus the specific conservation issues of modern buildings,” Getty Foundation Director Deborah Marrow said.
“This initial round of grants includes important buildings on several continents.”
The grants are aimed at helping preservationists come up with conservation plans.
A juried competition will determine future grants, according to the foundation. Information about applying for the grants is at www.getty.edu/foundation.