The National Trust will be accepting nominations for its 2013 list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places through March 1, and we are asking preservationists across the country to nominate endangered places in their communities.
Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has used this list as a powerful alarm to raise awareness of the serious threats facing the nation’s greatest treasures. In that time, it has become one of the most effective tools in the fight to save the country’s irreplaceable architectural, cultural and natural heritage. Two hundred and forty-two sites have been named to the list, and only a handful of listed sites have been lost.
When evaluating a potential site for inclusion on the 11 Most Endangered list, the National Trust considers a range of factors, including its significance, whether there is a local group engaged in its preservation, the urgency of the threat it faces, and potential solutions to that threat.
Several of the historic sites that the Trust named to the 11 Most list just this past June are already on the path to preservation, including:
Theodore Roosevelt’s Elkhorn Ranch, North Dakota. This presidential listing generated numerous national news stories, including this stirring New York Times op/ed by Roosevelt biographer Edmund Morris. As a result of this publicity and advocacy work by the Trust and local partners, an adjacent landowner agreed to relocate a proposed gravel pit away from the ranch’s viewshed—a positive development that helped protect the greater Elkhorn Ranch landscape.
Joe Frazier’s Gym in Philadelphia. Media attention for this listing ranged from major stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer to the New York Times to a number of articles in publications focused on the sport of boxing. Since the announcement brought this widespread awareness of the gym’s plight to local preservationists in Philadelphia and across the country, a number of positive developments have occurred, including a documentary film screening and panel discussion at Temple University this fall that was well attended and generated further support for saving the gym.
While those sites are on the path to preservation, still other 11 Most sites remain threatened. For example, in Chicago the Trust and its coalition partners have been engaged in a year-long effort to save Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Women’s Hospital from the wrecking ball. The building’s owner, Northwestern University, wants to demolish Prentice to build a new research facility. The Trust has worked alongside a coalition of organizations to raise awareness about this important building—generating major coverage in the New York Times, Vanity Fair and many other publications. We are presently engaged in a legal battle with the City of Chicago on behalf of Prentice.
If you know of an important local site that would benefit from this kind of major national media attention, now is the time to take action. The deadline to submit nominations is March 1, 2013. Nomination forms and additional information can be found at www.preservationnation.org/11most
Any questions? Drop us a line at 11Most@savingplaces.org or call the National Trust’s Office of Public Affairs at 202-588-6141
Thank you in advance for taking the time to let us know about the threatened historic place that your community can’t afford to lose.