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“The quintessential architectural pilgrimage site”—saving the famous Salk building

Salk Institute, California

Louis Khan (1901 – 1974) was one of the 20th century’s most important American architects. Initially trained in the classic Beaux Arts tradition, he later developed a rather unique modernist style following a stint at the American Academy in Rome, where he was greatly influenced by the classical ruins of ancient Rome. After his return to the United States, he designed what became perhaps his most iconic building—the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California, completed in 1963. But his design left some conservation challenges that include “a debilitating skin condition.” The Getty Conservation Institute, based in Los Angeles, has finally figured out a way to handle the problem. (Photo is in the public domain).


Solving Salk’s mystery: How scientists lifted the shadow from Louis Kahn's most famous building

By Alissa Walker


June 28, 2017

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