America's Most Endangered Places

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Each year since 1987, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has released a list of places they consider the most endangered in America. The number of sites included on the list has varied, with the most recent lists settling on 11. The name of the list has varied from "America's Most Endangered Places" to "America's Most Endangered Historic Places" to "America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places."

While many of the locations listed by the Trust have been preserved—with there being some argument about how important the Trust's listing has actually been to their preservation—there have been notable losses, such as 2 Columbus Circle, which underwent significant renovations, and the original Guthrie Theater, demolition of which was completed in early 2007.

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In June 2016, the National Trust announced its list of 11 most endangered places to be:

  • Austin’s Lions Municipal Golf Course in Austin, Texas. Widely regarded as the first municipal golf course in the South to desegregate, “Muny” is an unheralded civil rights landmark facing development pressure.
  • Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall at Lincoln University in Lincoln, Pennsylvania. The oldest building on the campus of the first degree-granting institution in the nation for African Americans, this hallowed building currently stands empty and faces an uncertain future.
  • Bears Ears in southeastern Utah. The 1.9 million-acre Bears Ears cultural landscape features a world-class collection of archaeological sites, cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and ancient roads that illuminate 12,000 years of human history yet is now threatened by looting, mismanaged recreational use, and energy development.
  • Charleston Naval Hospital District in North Charleston, South Carolina. The historic district played a prominent role during World War II as a primary re-entry point for American servicemen injured in Europe and Africa. Now threatened by a proposed rail line, this important historic resource is at risk of being largely destroyed.
  • Delta Queen in Houma, Louisiana. This steamboat was built in 1926 and today is among the last of her kind. Federal legislation that would enable this prestigious ship to return to overnight passenger cruising remains a key piece to securing the Delta Queen’s sustainability and future.
  • El Paso’s Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio Neighborhoods in El Paso, Texas. These historic neighborhoods form the core of El Paso’s cultural identity, but their homes and small businesses are threatened by demolition.
  • Historic Downtown Flemington in Flemington, New Jersey. Historic buildings at the core of the town that hosted the ‘Trial of the Century,’ the Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial, are threatened by a development proposal that would demolish the iconic Union Hotel along with three other adjacent historic buildings.
  • James River in James City County, Virginia. Jamestown, America’s first permanent English settlement, was founded along the banks of the James River in 1607. The river and landscape, also named to this list by the Trust in 2013, remain threatened by a proposed transmission line project that would compromise the scenic integrity of this historic area.
  • Milwaukee’s Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A beloved Milwaukee institution for generations, a unique engineering marvel and a highly significant example of midcentury modern architecture, the Milwaukee Domes are facing calls for their demolition.
  • San Francisco Embarcadero in San Francisco, California. The City by the Bay's iconic waterfront is beloved by residents and visitors alike, but needs long-term planning to address the dual natural threats of sea level rise and seismic vulnerability.
  • Sunshine Mile in Tucson, Arizona. This two-mile corridor on Tucson’s Broadway Boulevard features one of the most significant concentrations of historic mid-century modern architecture in the Southwest. This unique collection of properties face threats from a transportation project that would require demolition.

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The June 2015 announced places are:[1][2]

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In June 2014, the National Trust announced its list of 11 most endangered places to be:

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In June 2013, the National Trust announced its list of 11 most endangered places to be:

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In June 2012, the National Trust announced its list of 11 most endangered places to be:

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  1. ^ "11 Most Endangered Places 2015". National Trust for Historic Preservation. June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Announcing America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2015". National Trust for Historic Preservation. June 23, 2015. 

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