Announcing America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2012

Posted on: June 6th, 2012 by David Garber 17 Comments

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.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

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17 Responses

  1. Daniel

    June 6, 2012

    I am surprised historic Carter’s Grove mismanaged to catastrophe by Colonial Williamsburg and Halsey Minor did NOT make your list. All of Ivor Noel Hume’s dedicated work towards historical preservation is wiped away as two elephants trample the grass.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/the-sorry-fate-of-a-tech-pioneer-halsey-minor-and-historic-virginia-estate-carters-grove/2012/05/30/gJQAwdJG4U_story.html

  2. Tom Barnes

    June 6, 2012

    I am surprised- and disappointed- that Arlington in Natchez is not on your list. The house is a National Historic Landmark and is about to be lost through the willful neglect of its owner and ineffective action on the part of the city.

  3. Nick Uselis

    June 6, 2012

    To bad they can not be moved to better countries.

  4. Harvee

    June 6, 2012

    Sweet Auburn street runs right through the college that I attend and the street looks horrible. It’s not taken care of at all and has become a bad part of town with high crime rates. sad.

  5. Lynn

    June 6, 2012

    There are so many endangered sites but glad you have Post Offices on the list – reminding me of the wonderful old post office in Rhinebeck, New York that is a real treasure.

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    June 7, 2012

    just saw a beautiful garden in wilmington de. gilbraltor coffin garden. some of the grounds used for k9 police training house a shambles but must of been grand! garden amazing! wish house could be saved, kind of reminds me of the movie grey gardens jackie onassis aunts place in the hsmptons that run down. left donation in donatoon box for garden upkeep I believe it was a Du Pont relatives home.

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