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Your faculty and staff news since 1965
August 16, 2004
Volume 40, Number 1

Getty campus heritage initiative expands survey


By Karen Wentworth

The Getty has awarded a $120,000 Campus Heritage Grant to the UNM Foundation to prepare a conservation plan for the university.

“We are delighted that the Getty has recognized our distinctive campus, and honored to be part of their well-known efforts to preserve places of outstanding architectural, historical, and cultural significance” said UNM President Louis Caldera. “We hope this can be the first step toward achieving our ultimate aim of balancing sensitive historic preservation with innovative urban design and development strategies.”

The Getty Campus Heritage initiative will expand previous master planning efforts beyond buildings and campus boundaries to survey a more comprehensive historic context, including resources such as cultural landscapes, interiors, public art, and historic furniture. The UNM Historic Preservation Committee, which will oversee the project, has hired Elmo Baca, a consultant in historic preservation and former state historic preservation officer to direct the archival research process and field survey of the campus.

The historic architecture of the UNM campus includes some of the earliest examples of Spanish Pueblo Revival style. Inspiration for the Spanish Pueblo Revival plan for the campus was the Estufa, a fraternal meeting building built in 1906 in the style of an Indian kiva. The university then adopted the style for the remodeling of Hodgin Hall. The tone for the campus architecture was in place by 1909. In subsequent decades the style was modified and altered as new buildings replaced older structures. The grant offers an opportunity to review buildings and think about the future look of the university.

The Historic Preservation Committee envisions the Campus Heritage initiative as the first and foremost component of a longer-term comprehensive preservation and revitalization plan that will include the main campus and a stronger partnership with the City of Albuquerque.

Since 2002, the Getty, one of the largest philanthropic supporters of visual arts in the country, has awarded more than seven million dollars to more than 50 colleges and universities.

“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,” said Deborah Morrow, Getty Grant program director. “We are impressed by the excellent project submitted by UNM.”

For more, visit www.getty.edu/grants.