This week, the National Trust for Historic Preservation revealed its annual list of America’s most endangered historic places. Designed to call attention to sites that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage, this year’s ranking includes landmarks across the country, ranging in scale from the Grand Canyon to a small motel in Birmingham that was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement.
Over the list’s 28-year lifetime, it’s included more than 250 notable locations, and to date only a handful of these historic places have been destroyed, thanks to the publicity the index brings.
“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 galvanized local communities to help save them,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in a release.
“This year’s list is our most diverse ever, and reflects our commitment to recognizing and preserving all the facets of our diverse history. From the LGBTQ history of the Factory in California to the Cuban-American heritage of Miami’s Little Havana to the civil rights legacy of the A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham, these sites tell American stories that have been overlooked for too long. We hope this list inspires more Americans to join us in the ongoing effort to save the places that tell the full story of our nation.”
Read on for the full list of at-risk sites, then head to preservationnation.org for more information.