The Getty Foundation in Los Angeles has awarded a $185,000 grant for the monument’s conservation, as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative.

The grant will fund the creation of a Conservation and Management Plan for the Buzludzha Monument, beginning with a full evaluation of the building’s structural condition. It will explore the future (re)use of the monument, and aim to establish a viable business model for operating Buzludzha as a reinvigorated heritage site. This phase will conclude with the release of a public report in September 2020, forming a basis for further decision-making. 

The project will be undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of Bulgarian and international experts, including: the German and Bulgarian committees of ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites); the Technical University of Munich; the University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia; as well as the Buzludzha Project Foundation, a Bulgarian organisation which has been campaigning since 2015 for the monument’s preservation. The original architect of the Buzludzha Monument, Georgi Stoilov, will also have a key role in the project. 

Since 2014, Keeping It Modern has supported 64 international model conservation projects, including the Sydney Opera House, Boston Town Hall, the Bauhaus building in Dessau and many other iconic sites of 20th-century architecture. A statement from the Getty Foundation described Buzludzha as: “a masterpiece of architectural engineering” and “an integral part of Bulgarian history.” (Other recipients of the Getty grant this year can be seen here.)

Here at Buzludzha-Monument.com, we’re delighted to finally be able to share this news with you… having been in contact with the Getty Foundation since October 2018. The public desire to preserve Buzludzha is stronger than ever, but without the funding it was never going to be possible. The monument being awarded this planning grant is an absolute breakthrough moment, and we look forward to keeping you up to date with all the developments to come. Use the form below to sign up for future news posts direct into your email box, and make sure you don’t miss any developments!

 
Photo © Dylan Thuras

Photo © Dylan Thuras