Since 1988, the National Trust has used its list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places to raise awareness about the threats facing some of the nation’s greatest treasures. The list, which has identified more than 270 sites to date, has been so successful in galvanizing preservation efforts that only a handful of sites have been lost.
The 2016 list includes historic places in America’s urban areas at a time when cities across the nation are experiencing a resurgence. Millions of Americans are choosing to relocate to urban areas, with many opting to live in distinctive, character-rich older and historic neighborhoods. Preservation is playing a key role in this trend, and our research suggests that older buildings are one of the most powerful tools we have for the continued revitalization of our nation’s urban centers. While bringing attention to urban sites, the 2016 list also includes places that reflect the broader diversity of America’s historic places.
Dozens of sites have been saved through the tireless work of the National Trust, its partners, and local preservationists across the country. Many more sites are now considered “favorable” and are on the path to a positive solution. Still, others remain threatened, and the National Trust and its partners continue in their efforts to protect these important endangered places.
This year’s 11 Most Endangered Places are: