June 19, 2013

Announcing the 2013 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places

  • By: National Trust for Historic Preservation

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...

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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!

This Preservation Month, let's celebrate and explore historic places, starting with one action a day through the month of May. We can’t wait to see what you accomplish!

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