WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Trust for Historic Preservation today unveiled its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places®, an annual list that spotlights important examples of the nation's architectural, cultural and natural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. More than 240 sites have been on the list over its 26-year history, and only a handful of listed sites have been lost.
This year's list includes: Houston's Astrodome, the world's first domed indoor, air conditioned stadium that was dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World"; the Mountain View Black Officers' Club in Arizona, one of the few remaining World War II-era military service clubs built specifically for African-American officers; San Jose Church in Old San Juan, dating from 1532; and the distinctive flying-saucer-shaped Worldport Terminal at JFK Airport in New York, a symbol of the Jet Age since it first opened in 1960.
"For more than a quarter century, our list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has called attention to threatened one-of-a-kind treasures throughout the nation and has galvanized local preservationists to help save them," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. "From Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard to Kake Cannery in Alaska, to the beloved one and two-room schoolhouses of Montana, this year's list reflects the diversity of America, its historic places, and the variety of threats they face. As it has over the past 26 years, we hope this year's list inspires people to speak out for the important places in their own communities that help to define our nation's past – and enrich its future."
2013 America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List
Abyssinian Meeting House, Portland, Maine.
Astrodome, Houston, Texas.
Chinatown House, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Gay Head Lighthouse, Aquinnah, Mass.
Historic Rural Schoolhouses of Montana, Statewide.
James River, James City County, Va.
Kake Cannery, Kake, Alaska.
Mountain View Black Officers' Club, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.
San Jose Church, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Village of Mariemont, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Worldport Terminal at JFK Airport, Jamaica, New York.
More information about each of the 11 sites is available at www.PreservationNation.org/places.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America's historic places to enrich our future. www.PreservationNation.org
SOURCE National Trust for Historic Preservation