Getting Modern with the Getty

Stemming from a desire for function and novelty, modern architecture emerged late in the nineteenth century, and departed from decorative styles of Spanish Colonial Revival and Craftsman. Modern architecture is defined by its simple and linear forms, fluidity between interior and exterior spaces, and emphasis on unadorned materials and natural light.

As part of their "Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative," The Getty Conservation Institute and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) partnered to offer "Introduction to Conserving Modern Architecture", a three-day training course on the preservation of modern built heritage. Chattel Senior Associate Laura Carias attended with participants from around the world. The training included an introduction to conservation principles, methodology, and technical solutions to deterioration and material failure, as well as information on today's available resources.

The workshop engaged experts who provided background information and presented case studies and real-life solutions. Participants gained hands-on experience in a lab setting. To culminate the course, participants visited the Eames House where they were given the opportunity to use newly acquired skills to assess conservation issues impacting this modern historical resource.