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

Charleston's Historic Neighborhoods, Charleston, South Carolina. (Vanessa Kauffmann)
Charleston's Historic Neighborhoods, Charleston, South Carolina. (Vanessa Kauffmann)

For the last 36 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation asks the public to nominate places in danger of being torn down. They then narrowed that list down to 11 sites and now work 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-France, chief 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 heaty 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.

Landmarks Illinois

  • 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 other parts are at risk of falling down too.

National Trust for Historical Preservation

  • L.V. Hull Home and Studio, Kosciusko, Mississippi

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

L.V. Hull Home and Studio, Kosciusko, Mississippi. (Yaphet 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 deteriorated 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 U.S., the neighborhood is at risk for development such as a planned 18,500-seat arena that would abut 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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