NEW YORK — The World Monuments Watch program, an offshoot of the World Monuments Fund, is celebrating its 10th anniversary by opening a gallery here adorned with colorful photographs of some of the architectural gems that it has helped preserve.
Images of Ghana’s Larabanga Mosque, Russia’s Alexander Palace, Turkey’s Hagia Sophia and Italy’s Temple of Hercules are among the pictures that line the walls at the World Monuments Fund’s Gallery at the Prince George at 15 East 27th Street. The space, which will be available for other architecturally intensive exhibitions, is a piece of work in itself.
Working with the firm of Beyer Blinder & Belle, architecture students from Parsons School of Design renovated the space last summer. They were determined to leave behind remnants of the building’s past as evidenced by traces of exposed brick walls and decayed molding.
The fund is counting on visitors en route to the refurbished Prince George Ballroom, built in 1904 as a hotel and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, to help spread the word about the gallery and to catch the current exhibition. Partygoers must pass through the gallery to get to the ballroom.
The WMF is trying to line up an exhibition about the Church of St George’s Bloomsbury in London, which was designed by the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor in the early 18th century.
On another front, for the fund’s 2006 watch list of endangered sites, nine 20th-century buildings were pegged — more than double those on any other previous list. Included are the International Fairground designed by Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer in Tripoli, Lebanon; Lisbon’s Art Deco theater, the Teatro Capitolio; the Edward Durrell Stone-designed building at 2 Columbus Circle in Manhattan, and in Moscow, architect Konstantin Melnikov’s house and studio and the Narkomfin Building, Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Center in Gettysburg, Pa., the Ennis-Brown textile block house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles, Finland’s Helsinki-Malmi Airport and the historic center of Asmara, Eritrea.