OCTOBER 20, 2004

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Getty grant or $75,000 aids USAO historic preservation

Historic preservation at the University of Science and Arts got a $75,000 boost this summer from the Getty -- one of the most prestigious names in the business of historic preservationlargest supporters of visual arts in the country.: The Getty Grant Program of Los Angeles.

The new research grant will enable USAO to survey its historic buildings and landscapes in conjunction with the development of its Mmaster Ssite Pplan. USAO was one of 51 colleges and universities nationwide to receive more than $7 million in awards from Getty this year.

USAO was one of 25 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the prestigious Getty Grant this year. Since 2002, the Getty has awarded more than $7 million to more than 50 colleges and universities in a nationwide effort to preserve historic buildings, sites and landscapes.

The Campus Heritage Initiative has enabled educational institutions in 24 states to research and develop conservation plans to protect campuses in all regions of the country. Besides USAO, grantees include such schools as University of Chicago, Bryn Mawr College, Brown University and Columbia University in New York.

“Given the rigorous competition for funding, obtaining a Getty Campus Heritage Grant is a high honor in itself,” said USAO President John Feaver. “We are deeply thankful to Getty for its confidence in the college.”

This announcement is a critical “next step” in the arduous process of restoring the architectural treasures at USAO, built by the most notable early Oklahoma architects but suffering from years of deferred maintenance, Feaver explained. “After the Oklahoma College for Women National Historic District was recognized by the National Park Service in 2001, we were equally thrilled and sobered by the challenge ahead: to tell the story effectively, pioneer new resources, craft meaningful plans, and to see the vision through.”

The announcement from Getty was made by Deborah Marrow, director of the Getty Grant Program and dean for external relations of the J. Paul Getty Trust. USAO’s award was part of Getty’s 2004 Campus Heritage Initiativegrant awards.

“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 Marrow. “We are delighted that the response to this year’s Campus Heritage initiative was so strong, and impressed by the excellent project submitted by USAO.”

“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,” Marrow said.

Unlike most college campuses that have added buildings of diverse architectural styles through the years, USAO is unique, said Alan Proctor, executive director of the USAO Foundation.

“According to Cynthia Savage, the architectural historian who wrote our nomination to the National Register, ‘The OCW campus remains noteworthy as an excellent example of a college campus in Oklahoma formed over the first half of the twentieth century that largely has not been disrupted by non-historic construction.’” Proctor said. “We are learning and sharing with others the profound value of taking pride in historic assets, even if they need rehabilitation. We will delight in sharing with the friends of the college this important gift from Getty.”

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