Published June 19, 2013
| Associated Press
America's 11 most endangered historic places
America's 11 most endangered historic places
Houston's Astrodome stadium, New York's old Pan Am Worldport Terminal at Kennedy Airport and Montana's one-room schoolhouses are joining a list of the nation's most endangered historic places.
On Wednesday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation released its listing of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. It includes sites from Maine to Alaska.
Here are America's most endangered historic landmarks:
Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
This image provided by Rick Ing and released by The National Trust for Historic Preservation, shows the rear of the Chinatown House in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. The house is one of the last remaining connections to the history of Chinese Americans who helped build modern-day Rancho Cucamonga, leading to it being placed on the trusts 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Place. It once served as a general store and residence for about 50 Chinese American laborers.
James City County, Va.
This image provided by The National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the lower James River in James City county, Va. America’s first permanent English settlement at Jamestown was founded along the banks of the James River in 1607. Now preservationists say the river and landscape are threatened by a proposed transmission line that would change the scenic integrity of the area and that is what led to the site being on the trusts 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
San Jose Church in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
This image provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows San Jose Church in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The trust placed the church on its 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Place. The San Jose Church was built in 1532 and stands as one of the few remaining examples of Spanish Gothic architecture in the Western Hemisphere. It closed 13 years ago and is now threatened by deterioration and structural damage. This is the preservation group’s first listing from Puerto Rico.
Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
This image provided by The National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the Mountain View Black Officers' club in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. The club is on the 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places released by The National Trust for Historic Preservation. This example of a military service club built specifically for African-American officers faces demolition by the U.S. Army. Preservationists say the Army has blocked efforts to list the property on the National Register of Historic Places.
Abysinian Meeting House in Portland, Maine
This image provided by Katie Uffelman and released by The National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the Abysinian Meeting House in Portland, Maine. The trust put the house on its 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. For generations of African Americans, the Abyssinian Meeting House was a spiritual center in Portland, but now it needs funding to be preserved for the future.
Musselshell School in Montana
This image provided by Carroll Van West and released by The National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the Musselshell School in Montana. The trust released its 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic place and historic rural schoolhouses in Montana are on the list. Montana is still using more historic one- and two-room schoolhouses than any other state, but preservationists say the school buildings are at risk because the state’s population is shifting to urban centers.
Kake Cannery in Kake, Alaska
This image provided by the Library of Congress shows the Kake Cannery in Kake, Alaska, in 2000. The cannery is on The National Trust for Historic Preservation 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The Kake Cannery has played a role in the development of the Alaskan salmon-canning industry in the 20th century. But preservationists say immediate action is needed to stabilize the existing buildings.
Gay Head Lighthouse in Aquinnah, Mass.
In this Aug. 27, 2009, photo, President Barack Obama, left, walks around Gay Head Lighthouse while on vacation on Martha's Vineyard in Aquinnah, Mass. Thie lighthouse is on The National Trust for Historic Preservation 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The lighthouse was the first lighthouse built on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and now is in danger of toppling over the edge of the Gay Head Cliffs. Preservationists say it’s threatened by a century of erosion at the oceanfront site and the impacts of climate change.
Worldport Terminal at JFK airport in New York
This photo shows the empty Delta airlines terminal 3 at JFK airport in New York. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places and the Worldport Terminal is on the list. The unique flying-saucer-shaped Worldport Terminal built by Pan Am in 1960 at New York’s Kennedy Airport was a symbol of the jet age. It’s where The Beatles first arrived in the U.S., along with millions of other travelers. But it’s become rundown and outdated, and asbestos abatement made renovations costly. Delta Air Lines recently abandoned the terminal for a new building, and demolition crews have already begun work on the futuristic structure from the past.
Astrodome in Houston, Texas
This photo shows rows of dirty, tattered seats ring the Astrodome in Houston. Once touted as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the nation's first domed stadium sits quietly gathering dust and items for storage. The National Trust for Historic Preservation put the Astrodome on its 2013 list of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The Astrodome was the world’s first domed, air-conditioned stadium and needs a viable plan to be reused to avoid demolition.
Mariemont Community Church, Ohio
This undated handout photo provided by the National Trust For Historic Preservation shows the Mariemont Community Church in the village of Mariemont, Ohio. The Village of Mariemont outside of Cincinnati is listed as one of America’s most endangered historic places.