Today, this tremendous treasure is in danger. The Northridge earthquake
caused extensive damage to the structural system of the house, already
vulnerable because of its unique construction system. Acid rain and
smog have caused deterioration of the porous concrete block. Deferred
maintenance and some expedient alterations have also exacted a price.
Restoration efforts for the Freeman House have been under way for a
number of years. The National Endowment for the Arts provided a grant to
initiate research and documentation. Domino Pizza provided a matching
grant for emer-gency repairs. The Getty Preservation Grants program
awarded one of its first three grants to the Freeman House to assist with
the prepa-ration of the Historic Structures Report. Steelcase matched
the Getty grant with funds which were used to commence architectural
drawings, materials testing, and shoring. The Graham Foundation and Andy
Warhol Foundation have also contributed to research and repairs. And
memberships in the Restoration Associates, tours and block sales have
raised additional funds which are used to operate the house and for
further architectural work and repairs.
Today, we are in the midst of negotiations with the Federal Emergency
Management Agency for funds to repair the earthquake damage at the
Freeman House. Additional funds will be required to match the FEMA
monies, and to repair non-seismic items.