This year marks the 25th anniversary of the National Trust's annual list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Since our first list in 1988, we have identified more than 230 threatened one-of-a-kind historic treasures. Whether these sites are urban districts or rural landscapes, Native American landmarks or 20th-century sports arenas, entire communities or single buildings, the list spotlights historic places across America that are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development, or insensitive public policy.
The unveiling of the list is always a bittersweet moment. A culmination of hundreds of hours of hard work by hundreds of people, the list becomes a rallying cry for supporters of incredibly important -- yet unfortunately threatened -- historic sites nationwide. But the fact that the list even exists means that there's a lot more work still to be done.
Without further ado, here is the 2012 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places:
The National Trust’s 2012 list includes the once-thriving African-American commercial district of Sweet Auburn in Atlanta, Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia, historic U.S. Post Office buildings across the country, the Village of Zoar in Ohio, the Ellis Island Hospital Complex in New York, and more.
Be sure to check out our official America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places web page for more information on this year's historic places and the threats against them.