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The Nationwide Belief’s 11 Most Endangered listing for 2022 consists of murals, an internment camp, and a Neutra-designed college


One among Houston’s oldest-known platted African American cemeteries, the East Hampton house and studios of Summary Expressionist artists James Brooks and Charlotte Park, a Jewish mortuary chapel in Hartford, and, in a first-of-its-kind inclusion, a sequence of Nineteen Sixties and 70s-era Colorado murals created as a part of the Chicano/a/x Motion, are amongst America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Locations for 2022.

Now in its thirty fifth yr, the Nationwide Belief for Historic Preservation’s annual listing of architectural and cultural heritage websites which are liable to struggling additional harm or being misplaced altogether additionally usually—however not at all times—options an imperiled modernist constructing or two. This yr’s listing options one, and it’s fascinating: the Francisco Q. Sanchez Elementary College, situated within the tiny coastal village of Humåtak in southwestern Guam.

Constructed in 1953, the long-vacant and severely deteriorating major college was one a small handful of realized buildings designed by Richard Neutra in Guam, together with the Authorities Home, shortly after the island was established as an unincorporated organized territory of the USA in 1950. The college (the one within the village) was closed and deserted in 2011 though a marketing campaign—led by the Guam Preservation Belief and the mayor of Humåtak—is now underway to breathe new life into the Worldwide Type constructing.

Neutra buildings in far-flung locations apart, the 2022 version of the 11 Most Endangered Historic Locations listing isn’t themed, per se, nevertheless it does, as Nationwide Belief President Paul Edmondson put it “illuminate elemental themes which have framed the story of our nation—the search for particular person freedom, the demand for equity and equal justice, the insistence to have a voice in society, and the continuing struggles to make these goals a actuality.”

The Richard Neura-designed Francisco Q. Sanchez Elementary College.  (Courtesy Guam Preservation Belief)

“These locations give us a greater understanding of the complicated historical past of our nation and permit us to discover the concepts that proceed to problem us at this time,” Edmondson added. “And, with every year’s listing, we’re making higher strides in our effort to develop the work of preservation to inform the total American story.”

As evidenced by this yr’s inclusion of flood-threatened Jamestown, the unique website of the primary everlasting English settlement in North America and the primary capital of the Virginia colony, the Nationwide Belief really is wanting again—very far again—in its American story-telling preservation efforts.

The dire—however not irremediable—predicaments dealing with this yr’s 11 at-risk historic websites are, as standard, each various and acquainted: Extreme climate and sea stage rise introduced on by local weather change (as is the case with Jamestown), abandonment and neglect, actual property improvement, demolition, vandalism, gentrification, and on. Within the circumstances of Selma, Alabama’s Brown Chapel AME Church, which performed a key position within the Civil Rights Motion, and Idaho’s Minidoka Nationwide Historic Website, a former relocation camp the place 13,000 Japanese People have been incarcerated throughout World Warfare II, the threats are extra particular: a extreme termite infestation and a proposed wind farm, respectively.

Value noting is that lower than 5 % of the greater than 300 websites which have appeared on the 11 Most Endangered Listing through the years have been misplaced on condition that this system capabilities as an awareness-raising name to motion that spurs elevated preservation efforts.

For a lot of threatened cultural websites, placement on the listing is a “saving grace” per the Nationwide Belief. Katherine Malone-France, the Nationwide Belief’s Chief Preservation Officer, famous that “by together with them [at-risk sites] on this listing, we’ve got a possibility to acknowledge their significance and battle to guard them, fairly than watching them disappear from our nationwide panorama and fade into reminiscence.”

Beneath is the total listing of America’s Most Endangered Historic Locations for 2022. Extra details about every website could be discovered right here.

Brown Chapel AME Church | Selma, Alabama 

(Ron Cogswell/Wikimedia Commons)

Camp Naco | Naco, Arizona 

(Threaded Ideas/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 2.0)

Chicano/a/x Neighborhood Murals of Colorado 

(Mural by Alicia Cardenas/Courtesy Chicano/a/x Murals of Colorado Venture)

The Deborah Chapel | Hartford, Connecticut 

(Carey Shea)

Francisco Q. Sanchez Elementary College | Humåtak, Guam 

(Courtesy Guam Preservation Belief)

Minidoka Nationwide Historic Website | Jerome, Idaho 

(Stan Honda/Nationwide Park Service)

Image Cave | Warren County, Missouri 

(Carol Diaz-Granados)

Brooks-Park Dwelling and Studios | East Hampton, New York 

(Gary Mamay)

Palmer Memorial Institute | Sedalia, North Carolina 

(Liz Torres Melendez)

Olivewood Cemetery | Houston

(Courtesy Descendants of Olivewood)

Jamestown, Virginia 

(DannySchmidt/Jamestown Rediscovery Basis)



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