In 1992, the once-magnificent West Baden Springs Hotel was added to the National Trust’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Lauded as the largest glass and steel dome in the world when it was constructed in 1902, the hotel fell into disrepair in the early 1990s, and its future looked bleak. The listing, however, proved a turning point, and today -- after a full restoration -- it is once again one of America’s top resorts.
This is but one of many success stories that have resulted from the "11 Most" list over its 25 year history, but we at the National Trust are far from alone in developing and publicizing endangered lists for the places we love -- many organizations on the state and local level do, too.
What makes these lists successful? And how does the awareness created by a list translate into action?
We'll be discussing these questions and more in the June #builtheritage chat on Twitter, which just happens to be on the date of our annual 11 Most announcement. (Translation: We'll be sharing our list and chatting about it, too.)
The chat will take place on June 6, 2012 from 4:00 -5:00 EDT. Here's how to participate:
2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #builtheritage.
3. Watch for the questions in the Q1 format. Provide answers using the A1 format, and interact with other participants using replies and retweets.
Oh, and what we mean by the Q1/A1 format is this: Questions (we usually have four per chat) are posed by the moderators as Q1, Q2, Q3, Q4 about every 15 minutes. We ask that chatters reply with A1, A2, etc. to help everyone stay clear on what they’re responding to. A lot of side conversations and such still break out, but it helps keep things at least a little organized.
Hope you can join us -- but even if you can't, we'll share a transcript of the chat afterwards.