2019 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
We are now accepting nominations for the 2019 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. If you know of an important site across the country that could benefit from the national spotlight that only 11 Most Endangered Historic Places program can deliver, please consider nominating it to the 2019 list. When evaluating a potential site for inclusion on the list, we consider a range of factors, including its significance, whether there is a local group engaged in its preservation, the urgency of the threat the site faces, and potential solutions to that threat.
Deadline for submissions is Monday, March 4, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.
Please read the below information before you fill out the nomination form linked at the bottom of the page. We strongly encourage you to reach out to a member of our team via email at 11Most@savingplaces.org with information on your site before submitting a nomination.
What is the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America list?
For almost 30 years, the National Trust’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has spotlighted important and threatened historic places across the country. Since the first list was issued in 1988, it has helped to save a diverse range of places that help to tell the American story—from Houston’s iconic Astrodome to sacred Civil War battlefields, from revered Modernist structures like the soaring TWA Terminal at New York’s JFK Airport, to the modest Rosenwald Schools that helped educate African American students during segregation. While placement on the 11 Most list does not confer specific legal protections, we are proud of the fact that fewer than five percent of listed sites have been lost.
Can the public nominate a site for the list?
Yes, absolutely. Nominations from the public have long been the primary source of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places listings. You need not be an expert in preservation to submit a nomination, just have a passion for your community and care about a special historic place near or far. If there is a threatened historic place that you would like to see on this year’s list, we strongly encourage you to email our team at 11Most@savingplaces.org to discuss if this site is a good fit.
What is the process for selecting sites for the list?
A team from the National Trust thoroughly reviews all nominations. All decisions regarding the sites that comprise the final list are made by senior executive staff of the National Trust.
Can I apply again if my nomination isn’t accepted this year?
Yes. While re-applying is no guarantee of selection, we’re always happy to review repeat nominations.
Why 11? Why not 10 like other lists?
National Trust lore is that, when the first list was being put together in 1988, the National Trust had winnowed it down to 11 places and left it to then-president J. Jackson Walter to get it down to 10. He believed all 11 were important and needed to be on the list, so it stayed 11 and it’s been that way ever since.
What criteria guide the selection of sites for the list?
When evaluating a potential site for inclusion on the list, we consider a range of factors, including its significance, whether there is a local group engaged in its preservation, the urgency of the threat the site faces, and potential solutions to that threat. Sites do not need to be nationally significant to make the list. We’re looking for places that matter to you and the people in your community.
Will my nomination be rejected if I don’t have all the information being asked on the nomination?
Please attempt to provide as much information as possible about the nominated site. While partially completed nomination forms will be considered, we strongly encourage to you to complete the form as fully as possible.
What’s the timeline for this year’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list?
The 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2019 will be announced on Thursday, May 30. Nominations for the 2019 list will be accepted beginning Monday, February 4. The nomination period will end on Monday, March 4 at 11:59pm EST.
If you need assistance filling out the nomination form or have technical questions about the form, email or call the grants office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-588-6277.
If you have never applied for a National Trust program, you will need to set up a new account. You can find a full tutorial for that here (PDF). If you have an account, but have forgotten your password, click “forgot my password” and a link to reset it will be emailed to you. You will NOT need an access code to access the 11 Most nomination form.
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