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National Trust for Historic Preservation releases list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

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Milwaukee's Mitchel Park Domes were recently reopened after being closed for repairs. Their fate is still being debated. (Sulfur/Wikimedia Commons)
Milwaukee's Mitchel Park Domes were recently reopened after being closed for repairs. Their fate is still being debated. (Sulfur/Wikimedia Commons)

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 29th annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The list highlights spaces across the country which the trust believes are at greatest risk of being lost.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded non-profit organization that works to save endangered places and structures across the United States. The trust works with local governments, communities, and urban planners and architects to identify and save the countries most endangered places.

2016 Most Endangered Historic Places list

San Francisco’s Embarcado and its historic Ferry Building are in need of long-term planning and preservation. (JaGa/Wikipedia)

This year’s list adds 11 new places to a list, which since 1988, has included more than 270 sites. Dozens of these sites have been saved and many more are on a positive path to rescue. Though the program has been decidedly successful, the list has also had its losses. Prentice Women’s Hospital was one of the structures from the list that was lost in 2014.

The 2016 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places includes:

Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall at Lincoln University, Lincoln, Pennsylvania
Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall is the oldest building on the Lincoln University campus. Lincoln University is was the first institution in the country to grant degrees to African Americans.

Bears Ears, Southeastern Utah
Bears Ears is a 1.9 million-acre landscape filled with archaeological sites, cliff dwellings, petroglyphs, and ancient roads reaching back 12,000 years. The site is now threatened by mismanaged recreational use and energy development.

Charleston Naval Hospital District, North Charleston, South Carolina
A historic district, the Charleston Naval Hospital District played an important role during World War II. Currently, a proposed rail line is threatening the site.

Chihuahuita and El Segundo Barrio Neighborhoods, El Paso, Texas
These neighborhoods in the heart of El Paso are filled with homes and small businesses that are threatened by demolition.

Delta Queen, Houma, Louisiana
A 1926 steamboat, the Delta Queen is among the last of its kind.

2016 Most Endangered Historic Places list

Louisiana’s Delta Queen is nearly the last of its kind. Preservationists are working to renew its permits to carry passengers. (Jeremy Atherton/Wikimedia Commons)

Historic Downtown Flemington, Flemington, New Jersey
A proposed development is threatening this historic downtown, which was the host of the “Trial of the Century,” the Charles Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial.

James River, James County, Virginia
The James River is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. Proposed transmission lines are threatening the scenic integrity of the area.

Lions Municipal Golf Course, Austin, Texas
Credited with being the first desegregated municipal golf course, this civil rights landmark is facing redevelopment.

Mitchell Park Domes, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Mitchell Park Domes are considered a marvel of midcentury engineering. Degrading concrete has lead the county and city officials to discuss demolition.

San Francisco Embarcadero, San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s iconic waterfront is in need of long-term planning to address the threats of rising sea levels and seismic instability.

Sunshine Mile, Tucson, Arizona
The Sunshine Mile is a two-mile stretch of some of the Southwest’s most significant mid-century modern architecture.

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