Written by Virgil McDill, Associate Director, Public Affairs
Friendly reminder for all you place-lovers out there: The deadline to submit a nomination to the 2014 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places is fast approaching! Before you can say “Holy cow, March 3 is only a few days away,” it will be Monday, March 3, and this year’s nomination period will be closed.
If there’s a historic site that stands at risk in your community and you’ve been looking for a way to do something about it, this is your opportunity. The nomination form is available here.
Since the first list in 1988, the National Trust has used this tool to focus national media attention on some of the nation’s greatest treasures. We look for historic sites of national appeal that are facing a range of threats, from demolition to harmful alteration to disrepair.
When evaluating a potential site for inclusion on the list, we consider several factors, including its significance, the engagement of local groups in its preservation, the urgency of the threat the site faces, and potential solutions to that threat.
This year we are especially looking for historic sites that reflect the diversity of our nation. Last year, for example, the list included the Mountain View Black Officers’ Club in Arizona, a modest building that is considered one of the most significant examples of a World War II-era military service club built specifically for African-American officers.
We named it to the list because we believe future generations will benefit from the important story this place has to tell. We know there are many other diverse -- and threatened -- historic sites across the country that help tell the full story of this country, but we need your help to find them.
We are also interested in nominations of endangered Modernist sites. As the most recent issue of Preservation points out, the loss of Chicago’s Prentice Women’s Hospital (an 11 Most listing in 2011) reminds us of the particular threats facing our nation’s heritage of Modernist architecture. If there’s a threatened Modernist site in your community that could benefit from the national media attention of an 11 Most listing, please consider nominating it this year.
And if the historic place you wish to see saved doesn’t fit either category, send it to us anyway! Again, the deadline for submissions is Monday, March 3. Thank you in advance for nominating a place that’s important to you and to our shared history.
If there is any additional information we can provide, please drop a line to 11Most [at] savingplaces [dot] org or call 202-588-6141. You can also check out our toolkit on nominating an 11 Most site for additional tips.
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