The project, “Conservation of Modernist Architecture and its Sustainable Use in Georgia” was made possible with the financial support of The Getty Foundation as part of its Keeping It Modern initiative.

The grant is to support research and preparation of conservation plan and maintenance recommendations for Chess Palace and Alpine Club in Tbilisi, Georgia, designed by famous Georgian architects Vladimir Aleksi-Meskhishvili and Germane Gudushauri.

The aims of the project were:

  • To develop a first ever conservation plan for a late Soviet Modernism building in Tbilisi which would serve as a prototype for other similar period buildings;
  • To facilitate future proper restoration, conservation and continued maintenance of a late Soviet Modernism style building;
  • To increase the awareness on the values of late Soviet Modernism period architecture among city authorities and wider Georgian public through listing the site and carrying out public awareness activities with the help of international experts and use of various types of media.
  • To train young architects and heritage professionals in documentation, conservation planning process and etc. of the buildings of the same period as TBILISI CHESS PALACE AND ALPINE CLUB.

The Getty Foundation and Keeping it Modern Initiative

The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world. Through strategic grant initiatives, the Foundation strengthens art history as a global discipline, promotes the interdisciplinary practice of conservation, increases access to museum and archival collections, and develops current and future leaders in the visual arts. It carries out its work in collaboration with the other Getty Programs to ensure that they individually and collectively achieve maximum effect. Additional information is available at

Keeping It Modern an international grant initiative that continues the foundation’s deep commitment to architectural conservation with a focus on important buildings of the twentieth century was developed by The Getty Foundation. Keeping It Modern is supporting grant projects of outstanding architectural significance that promise to advance conservation practices. Grants focus on the creation of conservation management plans that guide long-term maintenance and conservation policies, the thorough investigation of building conditions, and the testing and analysis of modern materials. Past grant awardees of the Keeping it Modern initiative have included the Sidney Opera House, the Price Tower in Oklahoma by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau.