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The 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in America (This Year)

The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2019 list of imperiled buildings, neighborhoods, and districts reveals the threats that older places face.
Built in 1985, Chicago’s Thompson Center is the youngest building ever selected for the National Trust’s “Most Endangered” list.
Built in 1985, Chicago’s Thompson Center is the youngest building ever selected for the National Trust’s “Most Endangered” list.Landmarks Illinois

It’s a dangerous world out there for old buildings, but getting tagged as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places can be a lifesaver. The National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has curated this annual count of critically threatened structures, neighborhoods, and historically significant sites since 1988, claims that only a handful of its listees—fewer than five percent—have succumbed to the wrecking ball. (RIP, Tiger Stadium.) As any bald eagle will tell you, landing on a list of endangered stuff has a way of rallying public opinion and catalyzing change.

“We’re looking for places where there’s some urgency, and where we can make a difference,” says Katherine Malone-France, the Trust’s interim chief preservation officer. “And also where the public can make a difference.”