Thursday, June 26, 2014

America's Most Endangered Places (2014 Ed.)

The 2014 list of America's Most Endangered Places was released this month by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The National Trust has been creating this annual list since 1987 and its popularity has brought necessary attention to many of the sites. See who made the cut, and compare the list to last year's here

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The Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, SD is a century-old hospital which was used to treat Civil War veterans with lung and respiratory problems. The Department of Veterans Affairs is planning on abandoning the building and moving 60 miles away to open an outpatient clinic.

Image source: NTHP

Bay Harbor's East Island, located in Miami's Biscayne Bay, contains one of the largest concentrations of mid-century Miami Modern style architecture in the country. The island's cultural significance may be a thing of the past, as new development becomes more desirable.

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The six-story Chattanooga State Office Building in Tennessee was recently decommissioned and may be demolished by the new owner. The "sturdy mountain folk" on an outside bronze frieze represent Chattanooga's history and add significance to this cultural landmark.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring House in Tallahassee is the only residence built in Florida designed by the famous architect. It is one of the few buildings he designed in the "solar hemicycle" form which was intended to reflect forms found in the natural world. Today, it remains eroded by time and weather.

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Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach, CA was a small agricultural community that was established in the 1800s. The collection of buildings tell a story of the old California, Orange County agriculture, and of California's Japanese American pioneers. Today, it faces demolition.

Image source: Wikipedia

Mokuaikaua Church in Kailua-Kona in Hawaii was constructed in 1837 from recycled stones of an ancient Hawaiian temple. Hawaii's first Christian church is at risk from earthquakes and years of wear.

Image source: Local View, Cincinnati

Home to the Cincinnati Arts Association, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera, and Cincinnati Ballet, the 1878 High Victorian Gothic Music Hall in Ohio is suffering from deterioration and water damage.

Image source: The New York History Blog

LG Electronics plans to build their headquarters along the banks of The Palisades in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. The 143-foot building will "spoil the scenic view of the New Jersey cliffs along the Hudson River," according to the NTHP.

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The Palladium Building in St. Louis, MO contributed to the development of African-American music. Once called "Club Plantation," the venue where Nat King Cole and Ella Fitzgerald once performed does not have an official landmark status, leaving its future uncertain.

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Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, VA was a former hub of the slave trade. The section of town which included a restaurant, entertainment enclave, and a jail that housed "12 Years A Slave" author Solomon Northup at one time is facing destruction to make way for a minor league baseball stadium.

Image source: Cincinnati Museum Center

Lastly, the Union Terminal is the second Cincinnati landmark to make this year's list. The 81-year-old Art Deco train station has severe structural and water damage which threaten its survival.

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