Last Campus Heritage Grants Announced
One of the 15 Getty grants will allow the University of Hawai’i Manoa campus to map, photograph and archive the historic architecture and its more than 800 plant species.
The Getty Foundation on June 26, 2007 announced 15 Campus Heritage grants totaling more than $2 million to aid preservation of structures and grounds at college campuses around the U.S. The campuses included Miami University of Ohio (for restoration of its Georgian Revival-style buildings); Talladega College in Alabama (work on Swayne Hall); the University at Albany, N.Y. (work on buildings designed by American architect Edward Durrell Stones); the University of Arkansas (to develop a heritage preservation plan for the Fayetteville campus); U.C. San Diego; University of Texas, Austin; Marlboro College, Vt.; and the University of Hawaii. The ornamental palm garden and nearby Krauss Hall Courtyard pond garden designed by Richard Tongg and Lorraine Kuck in 1948 and restored in 1996 by Betsy Sakata are excellent examples of early to mid-20th century garden design. Tongg’s work includes the Friendship Garden in the 1930s and the Traditional Asian Gardens at Honolulu International Airport. Tongg was also a prolific horticultural writer, co-writing, these works, among others: The Modern Tropical Garden: Its Design, Plant Materials and Horticulture; A Guide to Tropical and Semitropical Flora (Hawaiian Flowers and Flowering Trees); and Specifications for Construction of Heritage Garden.
The garden designs of Richard Tongg (pictured), sometimes referred to as the “first Chinese American landscape architect,” and landscape architect Kenzo Ogata, are integral parts of the University of Hawaii’s history.
The Japanese Garden created on the Manoa campus in 1963 by landscape architect Kenzo Ogata is considered among the 25 most significant Japanese gardens in America.
Since its inception in 1984, the Getty Foundation has awarded over $240 million to support over 4,000 projects in more than 175 countries.
2007 is the final year for the Campus Heritage Grants.