Historic Preservation

We are proudly committed to preserving and conserving cultural heritage.

Kaplan supported conservation projects at Ancient Gordion in Turkey. Credit: Gebhard Bieg

An early and influential supporter of the historic preservation movement, The J.M. Kaplan Fund has long believed in the value of cultural heritage. Whether at home in New York City—where we helped save treasured sites like Carnegie Hall from demolition—or among antiquities such as the Temple of Hadrian at Ephesus, Turkey, whose conservation was completed in 2014, historic preservation has been a cornerstone of the Fund’s commitment to our society’s cultural assets.


The Kaplan Fund supported the anastylosis of the Propylon at Ancient Aphrodisias in Turkey.

Between 2009 and 2015, the Fund’s Preservation Program supported a diverse range of projects including conservation initiatives in the Aegean Basin that focused on the in situ conservation of archaeological resources and training for Turkish and Greek nationals. The Fund has also taken proactive steps by supporting emergency training and documentation of threatened cultural heritage sites in Syria and Iraq. In the United States, our Industrial Heritage Initiative advanced the preservation and reuse of former industrial sites including mines, brick kilns, and foundries, helping to catalyze new life for the nation’s industrial past.

The Historic Preservation Program’s strategic direction is currently under consideration. No new grants will be  made in 2016. Please keep in touch with our website for further updates.

Recent News

“Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations”

Nicholas Wade of the New York Times reports on a fascinating discovery at Pylos, an ancient city on the southwest coast of Greece, that Kaplan has proudly supported with conservation funding. To read more, access the full article here: “Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations”