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Moravian College Receives 2007 Campus Heritage Grant from Getty Foundation

Moravian wins one of 15 grants awarded to colleges and universities across the country for preservations efforts

Bethlehem, Pa., June 26, 2007—Moravian College won a Campus Heritage grant from the Getty Foundation in Los Angeles for $130,000 to develop a heritage preservation plan for its historic buildings.  Eleven are listed on the National Register of Historic Places within the Bethlehem Historic District, and its Brethren House, built in 1748, is considered one of the best examples of Colonial Germanic architecture in the country.

The grant will support a comprehensive assessment and planning process that will result in the creation of a Historic Preservation Plan.  The goals of the project include evaluating the historic fabric of the College and its evolution; documenting campus development patterns; and developing strategies for using, preserving and enhancing historic resources. The plan will function as a primary tool for the College and will formalize the College’s principles and practices regarding historical preservation of its architectural resources and campus landscapes.

 “Moravian College is honored to have been selected by The Getty Foundation to participate in the Campus Heritage grant program,” said Christopher M. Thomforde, president of Moravian College. “We are eager to begin the process of creating a campus-wide preservation plan and excited by the potential benefit it will bring to our campus.”

“Moravian’s campus tells the complex history of American higher education from its earliest days,” Thomforde explained. “Two of our buildings pre-date the Revolutionary War and one actually played a part in that momentous undertaking.”

Moravian is particularly proud of the continuous use of many of our oldest structures for their original purposes.  “Our buildings are neither museums nor historic reconstructions.” Thomforde continued.  “Rather, our students study music and practice Bach in the very rooms in which so many remarkable young students did nearly two centuries ago.  Moravian’s historic structures are alive and vital—the past in the continuous present.”

Since 2002, through its Campus Heritage Initiative, the Getty Foundation has awarded grants to 86 college and universities for preservation planning, as well as funding surveys of hundreds of small liberal arts colleges. There grants have played a catalytic role in helping institutions of higher education understand the significance of the historic resources on their campuses and plan for their long-term preservation. The current round of grants represents the final year of the initiative.

“American colleges and universities are frequently unique repositories of some of the country’s finest historic architecture and designed landscapes,” says Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Foundation. “While other building may have had a variety of owners and uses over the years, campus buildings have, for the most part, remained under the she same stewardship, which presents wonderful opportunities for preservation and education.’

Campus heritage grants reflect the Getty Foundation’s emphasis on thorough planning to ensure thoughtful and successful historic preservation. “ over the past six years we have been pleased to assist colleges and universities as they make plans to care for, maintain, and preserve their important historic resources,” says Dr. Marrow. “We look forward to learning about the results of these grants in the coming years.”


The Getty Foundation provides support to institutions and individuals throughout the world, funding a diverse range of projects that promote the understanding and conservation of the visual arts.  For more information, visit www.getty.edu/foundation. The Foundation is part of the J. Paul Getty Trust which also included the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu