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Mapping the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in the U.S.

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its 2013 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places today. The 26th annual edition of the list, it's designed to bring attention to neglected and endangered historically significant buildings and communities, from Houston's Astrodome to the Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard (above). While most entries on the list are threatened by development or intentional demolition, the lighthouse is slowly succumbing to the power of the waves, which are slowly eroding the ground on which the 1856 tower sits. See this, and all the points from the National Trust list, on the map below.


· National Trust for Historic Preservation [official site]

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1. Abyssinian Meeting House

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75 Newbury Street
Portland, ME 04101

Currently partially restored but short on funding, the Abyssinian Meeting House is the only recognized Maine stop on the Underground Railroad.

2. Astrodome

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Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

"The world's first domed indoor, air conditioned stadium," Houston's Astrodome is currently plagued by code violations that prevent events from being held inside. The last concert was held more than a decade ago.

3. Chinatown House

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8000 Klusman Road
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Built in the 1880s by Chinese laborers who immigrated to work on the transcontinental railroad, this former general store is the last historic structure in the area remaining from that era. The Cucamonga Valley Water District, the building's owner, is planning to demolish the structure, but injunctions have so far prolonged its life.

4. Gay Head Lighthouse

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9 Aquinnah Circle
Aquinnah, MA 02535

Thanks to severe erosion, the Gay Head Lighthouse, the oldest on Martha's Vineyard, is "in immediate danger of toppling over the edge of the Gay Head Cliffs."

5. Historic Rural Schoolhouses of Montana

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Polaris Road, Beaverhead National Forest
Wise River, MT 59746

Montana, once home to dozens of one-room schoolhouses, is seeing their numbers decline as rural populations dwindle. This historic schoolhouse in Polaris, Montana currently serves just four students.

6. James River

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5570 Hog Island Road
Surry, VA 23883

The natural beauty of the James River is matched only by its historic significance. The first permanent English settlement in the Americas, Jamestown, lies along its banks, but the immediate area is threatened by plans to construct an electric transmission line across the river.

7. Kake Cannery

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Keku Road
Kake, AK 99830

Built in stages from 1912 to 1940, the Kake Cannery was one of the first salmon canneries in Alaska. Today the aging structures are deteriorating, despite a 1997 designation as a National Historic Landmark.

8. Mountain View Black Officers' Club

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Indian Scout Road
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

"One of the most significant examples of a military service club in the United States built specifically for African-American officers," the Mountain View Black Officer's Club is about to be demolished by the U.S. Army, who have fought efforts to have the structure listed on the National Register.

9. San José Church

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San Sebastian St., San Juan
PR 00901, Puerto Rico

Built in 1532, the San José Church in San Juan, Puerto Rico has been closed for 13 years. A restoration was commenced in 2002, but has recently stalled, leaving the future of this early Spanish landmark in jeopardy.

10. Village of Mariemont

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6907 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45227

A frequently emulated early foray into comprehensive city planning, the Village of Mariemont is currently threatened, according to the National Trust, by a proposal known as the Eastern Corridor Project. That project would place a highway straight through the village and its 80-acre park.

11. Worldport Terminal at JFK Airport

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Central Terminal Area, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Queens, NY 11430

A 1960s icon, synonymous with the early "jet set," the Worldport at JFK Airport saw its last flight depart in May. Now the famous terminal is slated for demolition, unless preservationists succeed in having it designated a historic place.

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1. Abyssinian Meeting House

75 Newbury Street, Portland, ME 04101

Currently partially restored but short on funding, the Abyssinian Meeting House is the only recognized Maine stop on the Underground Railroad.

75 Newbury Street
Portland, ME 04101

2. Astrodome

Reliant Park, Houston, TX 77054

"The world's first domed indoor, air conditioned stadium," Houston's Astrodome is currently plagued by code violations that prevent events from being held inside. The last concert was held more than a decade ago.

Reliant Park
Houston, TX 77054

3. Chinatown House

8000 Klusman Road, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

Built in the 1880s by Chinese laborers who immigrated to work on the transcontinental railroad, this former general store is the last historic structure in the area remaining from that era. The Cucamonga Valley Water District, the building's owner, is planning to demolish the structure, but injunctions have so far prolonged its life.

8000 Klusman Road
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

4. Gay Head Lighthouse

9 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA 02535

Thanks to severe erosion, the Gay Head Lighthouse, the oldest on Martha's Vineyard, is "in immediate danger of toppling over the edge of the Gay Head Cliffs."

9 Aquinnah Circle
Aquinnah, MA 02535

5. Historic Rural Schoolhouses of Montana

Polaris Road, Beaverhead National Forest, Wise River, MT 59746

Montana, once home to dozens of one-room schoolhouses, is seeing their numbers decline as rural populations dwindle. This historic schoolhouse in Polaris, Montana currently serves just four students.

Polaris Road, Beaverhead National Forest
Wise River, MT 59746

6. James River

5570 Hog Island Road, Surry, VA 23883

The natural beauty of the James River is matched only by its historic significance. The first permanent English settlement in the Americas, Jamestown, lies along its banks, but the immediate area is threatened by plans to construct an electric transmission line across the river.

5570 Hog Island Road
Surry, VA 23883

7. Kake Cannery

Keku Road, Kake, AK 99830

Built in stages from 1912 to 1940, the Kake Cannery was one of the first salmon canneries in Alaska. Today the aging structures are deteriorating, despite a 1997 designation as a National Historic Landmark.

Keku Road
Kake, AK 99830

8. Mountain View Black Officers' Club

Indian Scout Road, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

"One of the most significant examples of a military service club in the United States built specifically for African-American officers," the Mountain View Black Officer's Club is about to be demolished by the U.S. Army, who have fought efforts to have the structure listed on the National Register.

Indian Scout Road
Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

9. San José Church

San Sebastian St., San Juan, PR 00901, Puerto Rico

Built in 1532, the San José Church in San Juan, Puerto Rico has been closed for 13 years. A restoration was commenced in 2002, but has recently stalled, leaving the future of this early Spanish landmark in jeopardy.

San Sebastian St., San Juan
PR 00901, Puerto Rico

10. Village of Mariemont

6907 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45227

A frequently emulated early foray into comprehensive city planning, the Village of Mariemont is currently threatened, according to the National Trust, by a proposal known as the Eastern Corridor Project. That project would place a highway straight through the village and its 80-acre park.

6907 Wooster Pike
Cincinnati, OH 45227

11. Worldport Terminal at JFK Airport

Central Terminal Area, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), Queens, NY 11430

A 1960s icon, synonymous with the early "jet set," the Worldport at JFK Airport saw its last flight depart in May. Now the famous terminal is slated for demolition, unless preservationists succeed in having it designated a historic place.

Central Terminal Area, John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Queens, NY 11430