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At-risk landmarks span the US – even a dirigible hangar

Wherever a treasured American building, neighborhood, or other site is threatened by neglect or, worse, destruction, the National Trust for Historic Preservation can be counted on to shout a warning. Everything from a historic Kansas elementary school to a hangar for Navy dirigibles in California to New York's Lower East Side, it seems, is on the 2008 list of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, which the trust has just announced. In all, 200 different places have been so designated, and although inclusion hasn't necessarily spared them from deterioration (or the wrecking ball), it at least ensures that local communities are put on high alert. Besides reading capsules on the current "most endangered," you can find updates on entries from previous years at the trust's website: www.preservationation.org. The latest inclusions, in alphabetical order:

  • Boyd Theatre (Philadelphia)
  • California's state parks
  • Charity Hospital and adjacent neighborhood (New Orleans)
  • Great Falls Portage (Great Falls, Mont.)
  • Hangar One, Moffett Field (Santa Clara County, Calif.)
  • Lower East Side (New York)
  • Michigan Avenue "streetwall" (Chicago)
  • Peace Bridge neighborhood (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • Statler Hilton Hotel (Dallas)
  • Sumner Elementary School (Topeka, Kan.)
  • Vizcaya (Miami) and Bonnet House (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
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