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Announcing the 2013 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Posted on: June 19th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 4 Comments

 

San Jose Church - Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Built in 1532, San Jose Church is of the few remaining Spanish Gothic architecture structures in the Western Hemisphere. Closed for 13 years, it is threatened by deterioration and structural damage. Photo courtesy Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico.
San Jose Church in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, one of this year's listings.

With a country as large and diverse as the United States selecting a list of just 11 endangered historic places annually is a daunting task -- which is why this year, as our endangered list enters its second quarter-century, we opened up the process to the general public for the first time.

The results were overwhelming. We received more than twice the nominations we have in the past, with passionate local preservationists reaching out from sites nationwide.

The resulting list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places represents the broad cultural, geographic, and historic diversity of our country. The "newest" site -- the flying-saucer-shaped Worldport Terminal at JFK Airport in New York -- dates from the mid-20th century, while the oldest -- San Jose Church in San Juan, P.R. -- was built more than 400 years earlier.

Without further ado, the 2013 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list, in slides...

And in video:

Want to learn more about this year's listings? Later this morning, from 11:00 a.m. to noon EDT, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks (@SavePlacesPres) will be participating in a Twitter chat about the 11 Most Endangered List. She will be taking questions and discussing the 2013 list, and several of the listed sites will also be available during the chat. To join the chat:

 1. Sign in to Twitter, or into a chat-specific site such as tchat.io, twubs.com, or oneqube.com. (Using a chat site allows you to filter just the chat-specific hashtag, and also appends it to any tweets you send, allowing for a more streamlined experience.)

2. Follow and tweet with the hashtag #11Most.

Hope to see you there!

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded non-profit organization, works to save America's historic places.

The House that Radio Built: NPR's New Headquarters Celebrates Preservation

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 4 Comments

 

NPR’s new headquarters building, where old effortlessly meets shiny and new.
NPR’s new headquarters building, where old effortlessly meets shiny and new.

For most people, moving means cardboard boxes, heavy lifting, and forgetting where you packed your underwear. However, for National Public Radio, a recent relocation meant making something old new again.

NPR’s shiny new headquarters is built atop the National Register-listed Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company Warehouse. As an anchor in an emerging neighborhood, the organization is a terrific example of how preservation supports the future.

National Trust correspondents Jason Clement and Julia Rocchi had the chance to tour the building. Here’s what they thought -- to quote NPR’s “founding mother” Susan Stamberg -- of “the house that radio built.”... Read More →

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[10 on Tuesday] 10 Ways to Fight for Your Local Post Office

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Chris Morris, Project Manager, Historic Post Offices

You may have heard that the United States Postal Service (USPS) is suffering from some serious debt. They are projected to rack up a deficit of over $18 billion (yes, that’s billion with a “b”) next year alone. So, they are trying to cut costs any way they can: considering ending Saturday mail delivery, not replacing thousands of retiring postal workers, asking Congress to drop their mandate to pre-fund billions in retiree health benefits, terminating building leases, and selling their post office buildings or “relocating” their services to a new building.

And unfortunately for people in impacted communities, they’re not always forthcoming about their plans, so it’s critical for the public to get involved, know their rights, and be persistent. If the USPS decides to sell or relocate a historic post office in your town, here are ten steps you can take to protect it:... Read More →

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[Video] Veterans Share Their Stories at the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home

Posted on: May 27th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

Written by Virgil McDill, Associate Director, Public Affairs

As we celebrate Memorial Day, our thoughts turn to our veterans and to the historic places that were built to honor and serve them. And when it comes to buildings that provide services to the women and men of our armed forces, few are as historic, grand, and just plain awe-inspiring as Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home.

Originally built at the behest of President Lincoln, the Soldiers’ Home has been an oasis and a place of healing and recuperation for veterans of every American conflict since the Civil War. Though these buildings have been profoundly important to members of the armed forces and their families for several generations, many other people know them only as impressive buildings towering in the distance as they drive on Interstate 94 or attend a Brewers game at nearby Miller Park.

To help more people understand the large number of people positively affected by the Soldiers Home over the years, the National Trust and our coalition partners launched an online campaign to collect stories, photos, and other remembrances of the Soldiers Home. Dubbed #MySoldiersHome, this effort has already captured several testimonials from veterans relating their experiences while at the Soldiers’ Home, profoundly demonstrating the impact this place has had -- and continues to have -- on veterans and their families.

If you have a story about the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home, we encourage you to share it with us. And to all those who serve on behalf of our country, Happy Memorial Day from the National Trust.

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[Slideshow] From Wild to Whimsical: The Gargoyles and Grotesques of Washington National Cathedral

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by National Trust for Historic Preservation 6 Comments

 

By Linda S. Glisson, Assistant Director for Information Resources, Main Street

Washington National Cathedral. Credit: Linda S. Glisson
Washington National Cathedral

As a passionate photographer and preservationist, I’m always on the lookout for fascinating buildings, from the funky to the sublime. Washington National Cathedral, winner of this year’s Partners in Preservation contest and also one of our National Treasures, is definitely the latter.

From the light streaming through stained glass windows and bathing the interior in a rainbow glow to the fantastical creatures that adorn the outside, National Cathedral is a photographer’s dream. Every time I visit I discover something new. And no wonder: There are 112 gargoyles, the last completed in 1987, and more than 3,000 grotesques and other architectural carvings.... Read More →

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