With place on National Trust's endangered list, Dallas' Statler Hilton isn't going anywhere
Chicago's Michigan Avenue 'streetwall' named to list of nation's 11 most endangered places
Boyd Theater makes endangered list
National Trust for Historic Preservation Announces 2008 List of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Thirteen/WNET New York: Tenement Museum
What do a mid-twentieth century hotel in Dallas, Chicago's fabled Michigan Avenue fa'ade, and an Art Deco movie theater have in common? For one thing, they are all in cities, and they all also happen to appear on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2008 list of the United States' most endangered historic places. This Tuesday, the National Trust released the list in order to raise awareness about the potential dangers these places face in the near future. Other places on this year's list included the entire California state park system, the Charity Hospital in New Orleans, and Manhattan's Lower East Side, which faces the imminent specter of gentrification that has engulfed the majority of the entire borough in the past two decades. The National Trust began offering these lists in 1988, and while they do not offer or create any legal protection, they have a high success rate, as only 7 of the 200 sites or so mentioned on the annual lists have been demolished. In a recent interview with the New York Times, the National Trust's president, Richard Moe, remarked, "We don't argue that every old building should be saved, but the purpose is to illustrate the most important kinds of structure or sites that can and should be saved."
The first link will whisk users away to a news article about the list from this Tuesday's USA Today. The second link leads to an article from The Dallas Morning News about the modernist masterpiece that is the Statler Hotel in Big D. Moving on, the third link leads to an excellent piece by the Chicago Tribune's architecture critic Blair Kamin about the Michigan Avenue fa'ade in Chicago's Loop. The fourth link will take visitors to a piece from the Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron about the history and potential future of the Art Deco Boyd Theater. The fifth link leads to the 2008 National Trust for Historic Preservation's official list of the 11 most endangered places, complete with up-to-date details on the current status of each place. The last link leads to a great site that provides an interactive tour of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in Manhattan.