New York City has one spot on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list: South Street Seaport. This morning’s announcement was done through Google Hangout on Air and the session was introduced by Germonique R. Ulmer, Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Trust. As Ulmer states, the list includes places that are “special and historic places facing a serious threat of demolition or extinction.” In the 28 years of publishing this list, only 3% of featured sites have been lost–a significant accomplishment for the National Trust, who views the 11 Most Endangered as their signature tool to galvanize support.
This year’s list tells the story of American history across a diverse list of sites, from the early maritime industry of the United States, to the early Civil Rights struggles, to an iconic national park.
Without further ado, meet the threatened sites in the United States this year, with descriptions from the National Trust:
Photo via Library of Congress
The battle for South Street Seaport, both manmade and natural, has been raging for many years. Hurricane Sandy laid waste to the area, new plans and new players like the Howard Hughes Corporation are making residents and preservationists uneasy. Of concern to the National Trust is the risk to the architecture. As they write:
The South Street Seaport features some of the oldest architecture in New York City. The Seaport’s restored 19th-century commercial buildings transport visitors back in time, evoking the commercial trade of that era…
While the Seaport is a locally designated historic district, and is separately listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is currently under threat due to a series of development proposals that would disrupt the look, feel and low-scale historic character of the Seaport.