S.O.S (Save Our Sites)
June 15, 2011 by henriettahobsonrichardson
Good morning all, it’s June 15 and we know what that means: the announcement of this year’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. I guess it’s kind of contrary to celebrate the fact that some of America’s important places are in danger to begin with, but I’ve always had a touch of the Victorian macabre (although I’d never sport any mourning jewelry
…creepy). I’m just excited by calling attention to Preservation, and this black cloud is much more “silver lining” than anything else because, as National Trust President Stephanie Meeks has pointed out, in all the 24 years they have presented the Most Endangered list, only 8 endangered historic places named have been lost (out of the 233 named for those not playing the math game). All in all, a good track record! But hey, why not let that number stay at 8 and never add another “lost boy” to the list?
Without further ado, I present you with the National Trust’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list
Bear Butte, South Dakota
China Alley, California
Fort Gaines, Alabama
Greater Chaco Landscape, New Mexico
Isaac Manchester Farm, Pennsylvania
John Coletrane House, New York
National Soldiers Home, Wisconsin
Pillsbury A Mill, Minnesota
Prentice Women’s Hospital, Illinois
Sites Imperiled By State Action, Nationwide
And The one to watch: Charleston South Carolina
So does anyone have favorites? Ideas? Redevelopment plans? Passionate pleas or stories and memories about any of these sites? If so, please share them.
Hopefully we can save these buildings and landscapes this year and not add any more of America’s great places to the list of losses.