America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

We’ve mutual our list of the world’s most endangered sites, but today, the Inhabitant Entrust for Historic Preservation revealed its 2015 list of America’s 11 most endangered historic places. The list highlights examples of the country’s architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable hurt.
The Grand Canyon
“For more than a quarter-century, our list has called attention to threatened, one-of-a-kind treasures throughout the nation and galvanized local communities to help save them,” says Stephanie Meeks, president of the Inhabitant Entrust for Historic Preservation.

Without further ado, here’s a quick look at the places that made the diverse list this year, in alphabetical order.

A.G. Gaston Motel

1. A.G. Gaston Motel (Birmingham, AL)

This historic hotel served as a “war room” for Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement. Today, the vacant hotel is deteriorating but could be restored as part of a new civil rights focal point.

2. Carrollton Courthouse (New Orleans)

Before the city of Carrollton was annexed by New Orleans in 1874, this courthouse was built to serve Jefferson Community. It is now vacant and for sale, with no order to protect the landmark.

3. Chautauqua Amphitheater (Chautauqua, NY)

The Chautauqua Institution has plans to demolish this amphitheater, which is part of a Inhabitant Historic Landmark District that was designated in 1989. Susan B. Anthony, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Robert F. Kennedy and Duke Ellington are just a few of the notable people who have visited the 122-year-ancient stage.

Chautauqua Amphitheater

4. East Point Historic Civic Block (East Point, GA)

The East Point Historic Civic Block includes East Point City Hall, the City Auditorium, the City Library and Victory Park. Located in the heart of the city’s downtown area, the entire block could be demolished since it has been neglected for several years.

5. The Factory (West Hollywood, CA)

Development threatens the Factory, which was built in 1929 to house the Mitchell Camera Corp. Over the years, it served other purposes, but it would eventually reopen in 1975 as Studio One, a gay club known for celebrity performances and AIDS activism.

6. Fort Worth Stockyards (Fort Worth, TX)

This is the site that led to Fort Worth’s emergence as a major focal point of the American livestock industry. The historic district attracts millions of visitors, according to the Inhabitant Entrust for Historic Preservation. A generous-extent redevelopment project would alter the character of the stockyards area.

7. The Grand Canyon (Arizona)

With development proposals to erect resorts and start mining, the Grand Canyon’s natural beauty may be at risk. In addendum to being a world-renowned attraction, it is also a sacred place for several Native American tribes.

Little Havana

8. Small Havana (Miami)

This Miami neighborhood has been the symbol of the American melting pot, but zoning changes and a lack of protection of its historic buildings may completely change Small Havana’s charming character.

9. Oak Flat (Superior, AZ)

Visit Oak Flat to learn about the San Carlos Apache and other Native American tribes before a provision in the Inhabitant Protection Consent Act of 2015 takes effect and opens the holy site up to mining.

10. Ancient US Mint (San Francisco)

The Ancient US Mint, a Inhabitant Historic Landmark, was completed in 1874 and survived the 1906 earthquake and fires, but it may not be able to survive the years of neglect.

11. South Road Seaport (New York)

This area in New York features some of the city’s oldest architecture, but development plans, which include building a tower, could change the landscape forever.

America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places


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