Preservation Texas Announces 2014 Most Endangered Places
On May 20, Preservation Texas announced its list of the Most Endangered Places in Texas for 2014. Twelve sites made the list, which aims to raise awareness of threatened historical structures to encourage local action while there is still time.
Twelve sites made it onto Preservation Texas' 2014 Most Endangered Places in Texas. The list, which was announced on the steps of the State Capitol in Austin on May 20, includes sites of cultural significance ranging from a Civil War ammunition bunker to a mid-century modern fast food stand to a conjunto nightclub.
“The 2014 list is a diverse group of sites that reflect the range of preservation issues that historic places throughout the state are confronting,” said Evan Thompson, executive director of Preservation Texas. “The sites are cultural, architectural, and historic icons that are at imminent risk of disappearing from the landscape. Local grassroots organizations have been working tirelessly in support of these sites. By including them on the 2014 list, we hope to rally Texans statewide to step up and save them by supporting job-creating investments in our state’s at-risk historic places.”
Thompson and other preservation advocates know that the preservation of our historic sites and buildings creates a huge portion of the construction industry. Research has shown the impact that preservation has had on communities, as it has not only created jobs but also revitalized areas with renewed growth and purpose. This is seen in places where courthouses have been saved and refurbished, drawing in new businesses to be neighbors. It can also be seen in large cities, generating the same kind of regeneration on a larger scale. Not only does saving such sites preserve our history and culture, but also makes economic sense.
Preservation Texas wants to draw attention to sites that are clearly in danger of being lost in hopes that awareness may spawn fundraising and renewed energy.
For more information, visit the Preservation Texas website.
Eva Read-Warden, AIA, is a principal at The Arkitex Studio in Bryan, and chair of the Society's Historic Resources Committee
Texas' Most Endangered Places for 2014
633 S. Eleventh Street
Abilene, Taylor County
Brinkley Davis House
Between Groesbeck and Thornton on LCR 766
Camp Logan / Hogg Bird Sanctuary
Between 1 & 100 Westcott to S. Picnic Loop
Houston, Harris County
720 Bois d' Arc
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County
4554 N. US Highway 281
Marble Falls, Burnet County
Jefferson Ordnance Magazine
Big Cypress Bayou
Jefferson, Marion County
Lerma’s Nite Club
1602-1612 N. Zarzamora St.
San Antonio, Bexar County
Mary Allen Seminary
803 N. 4th Street
Crockett, Houston County
Oňate Crossing/Hart’s Mill/Old Fort Bliss
1720 West Paisano Dr.
El Paso, El Paso County
Pig Stand No. 41
1955 Calder Ave.
Beaumont, Jefferson County
Port Isabel Yacht Club Hotel
77 N. Yturria St.
Port Isabel, Cameron County
400 Broad Street
Mason, Mason County