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.

Dorbandt House in Marble Falls
Lerma’s Nite Club in San Antonio
Lerma’s Nite Club in San Antonio
Pig Stand No. 41 in Beaumont
Port Isabel Yacht Club Hotel
Port Isabel Yacht Club Hotel

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


Abilene Courts

633 S. Eleventh Street
Abilene, Taylor County

Brinkley Davis House

Between Groesbeck and Thornton on LCR 766
Limestone County

Camp Logan / Hogg Bird Sanctuary

Between 1 & 100 Westcott to S. Picnic Loop
Houston, Harris County

Clay House

720 Bois d' Arc 
Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches County

Dorbandt House

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

Reynolds-Seaquist House

400 Broad Street
Mason, Mason County

by: Eva Read-Warden, AIA

Talk About It

About 3 years ago: Anonymous

What about John Wayne's The Alamo in Bracketville?

About 3 years ago: Becky Schenker

Here's a nice website with some information about Lerma's. There's performance video so you can learn a little about South Texas musical culture!

About 3 years ago: Jonathan Brown

Pig Stand No. 41 is an impressive piece of mid-century modern historical architecture. It's a real shame to see so many of these going by the wayside with so little protection. Too few people see the value in the movement as they sit in their cookie-cutter brick homes and commute to their tilt-wall stucco office buildings.