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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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National Trust for Historic Preservation

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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[Sitings] Hotel de Paris: French Flair in Colorado

Posted on: June 15th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Exterior of the Hotel de Paris. Credit: Flowercat, Flickr
Exterior of the Hotel de Paris

The Hotel de Paris, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is located in Georgetown, Colorado. A historic town about an hour from Denver, visitors can spend the day enjoying the area or can spend the weekend in the relaxing environment.

You can find the Hotel de Paris on the main street in town which also features shops, restaurants and for those with a sweet tooth, plenty of places to buy an ice cream cone this summer to eat as you stroll.

The Site just opened for the season today and will be welcoming visitors until December 15. Come visit and enjoy!

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Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Slideshow] Cincinnati's Workers Murals: Historic Treasures on the Move

Posted on: June 8th, 2013 by David Robert Weible

 

Winold Reiss traveled to local Cincinnati industries and businesses in search of scenes to capture in his murals. Pictured here is a scene from American Laundry Machinery Inc., which at the time, was the world’s largest producer of industrial laundry equipment. This mural is one of the nine that will have to be moved.
Winold Reiss traveled to local Cincinnati industries and businesses in search of scenes to capture in his murals. Pictured here is a scene from American Laundry Machinery Inc., which at the time, was the world’s largest producer of industrial laundry equipment. This mural is one of the nine that will have to be moved.

They've done it before. The question is whether they can do it again.

With the completion of Cincinnati’s new Art Deco Union Terminal in 1933, officials commissioned over 18,000 square feet of art for its walls meant to transform the city’s image from one to be avoided on cross-country train travel, to a desired stopover. The largest portion of that space went to Winold Reiss, who set about depicting the industrial prowess of the Cincinnati area with 23 glass mosaic tile murals.

But after train service ceased at Union Terminal in 1972, and with the impending demolition of the concourse, 14 of the murals depicting specific scenes from local industries and businesses like Procter & Gamble, ended up being the ones on the move.... Read More →

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David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible

David Robert Weible is an assistant editor at Preservation magazine. He came to DC from Cleveland, Ohio, where he wrote for Sailing World and Outside magazines.

 

Built for oil company executive John (Jack) W. Norton, the Norton House’s colors and materials blend with its natural surroundings -- part of the architects’ beliefs that there should be no strict divisions between interior and exterior spaces.
Built for oil company executive John (Jack) W. Norton, the Norton House’s colors and materials blend with its natural surroundings -- part of the architects’ beliefs that there should be no strict divisions between interior and exterior spaces.

A couple Saturdays ago, I spent the day touring some truly amazing Modern-era homes in Pasadena, Calif., all dating from 1950 to 1983. In a city renowned for its unparalleled collection of early-20th-century Craftsman bungalows, it was exciting to see an equally important, if less celebrated, side of Pasadena’s architectural legacy.

After all, a number of big names in Modern architecture made their mark on Los Angeles in the early- and mid-20th century, including Richard Neutra, Rudolph M. Schindler, and Gregory Ain. And the contributions of these Modernists to Pasadena had a distinctly Southern California feel: light, natural materials; rich landscaping focusing on native plants; and lots and lots of windows and glass paneling to elegantly blend the indoors and out, making full use of the endless sunshine.... Read More →

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Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based Field Editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about history, art, architecture, and public space.