The most endangered places in America include a gas station, church and cemetery

For the last 36 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has asked the public to nominate places in danger of being torn down. They then narrowed the list down to 11 sites and are now working to raise awareness of the historical significance of these places to help preserve them.

Sites on this year’s list include a gas station, a church and a cemetery. To learn more about the historical sites and their preservation efforts, host Deepa Fernandes talks to Katherine Malone-Francechief preservation officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

America’s 11 most endangered historic places

  • Osterman Gas Station, Peach Springs, Arizona




This site is not just a gas station; it’s been a hub for the Hualapai Tribal community for almost a century.

Osterman Gas Station, Peach Springs, Arizona. (Richard Knott)

  • Little Santo Domingo, Miami, Florida




Little Santo Domingo is the cultural heat of Allapattah. It’s been threatened by overdevelopment, cultural erasure and displacement.

Allapattah Collaborative CDC

  • Pierce Chapel African Cemetery, Midland, Georgia




Established in 1828, this site is one of the oldest burial grounds for Africans enslaved at plantations in Harris County, Georgia. The two acres of land are estimated to contain up to 500 burials.

Hamilton Hood Foundation

  • Century and Consumers Buildings, Chicago, Illinois




These two early iconic skyscrapers have been vacant since 2005 and face the possibility of demolition.

Illinois Landmarks

  • West Banks of St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana




This 11-mile-long corridor is an intact cultural landscape including historic villages such as Lucy, Edgard and Wallace. A company has applied to put the largest grain elevator in the world directly within this site.

Brian M. Davis/Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation

  • Holy Aid and Comfort Spirituality Church, New Orleans, Louisiana




Also called the Perseverance Benevolent and Mutual Aid Society Hall, this site was one of the first places jazz was heard and was an essential safe place for the Black benevolent society. Hurricane Ida collapsed the back half of the building, and the other parts are at risk of falling down too.

National Trust for Historical Preservation

  • LV Hull Home and Studio, Kosciusko, Mississippi




Artist LV Hull once lived and worked at this site. After her death in 2008, her artwork was moved, but the house suffered from neglect, vandalism and weather exposure.

LV Hull Home and Studio, Kosciusko, Mississippi. (Japhet Smith)

  • Henry Ossawa Tanner House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania




This house was the birthplace of renowned painter Henry Ossawa Tanner and many of his also-esteemed family members. The house is severely deteriorating and at risk of collapsing.

Henry Ossawa Tanner House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Justin Spivey/WJE Associates)

  • Philadelphia Chinatown, Pennsylvania




One of the oldest remaining active Chinatowns in the US, the neighborhood is at risk for development such as a planned 18,500-seat arena that would destroy the area.

Terry Robinson/Flickr

  • Charleston’s Historic Neighborhoods, South Carolina




Union Pier, a 65-acre waterfront site, has been used for maritime business since the early 18th century. A development has been proposed that would block views and negatively impact climate resilience.

Vanessa Kauffmann

  • Seattle Chinatown-International District, Washington




This area is one of the oldest Asian American neighborhoods on the West Coast. An expansion project of Sound Transit, Seattle metro area’s transit agency, could impact the community’s access to public transportation and disrupt cultural preservation.

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