2019 Most Endangered Places Nomination Process Open until Nov. 9th

Preservation Texas invites nominations for the 2019 Most Endangered Places List.  We welcome nominations from a broad spectrum of historic resources across Texas. The 2019 Most Endangered Places List will be announced on Thursday, February 28, 2019 in Austin on the south steps of the Capitol as part of our biennial Preservation Day activities.

The nomination process is a two-step process. The first step is the submission of this Inquiry Form. After all submissions are reviewed, the strongest candidates will be asked to submit more detailed information before the final 2019 Most Endangered Places List is selected and approved by Preservation Texas.

Completed nominations must be submitted by Friday, November 9, 2018.

The benefits of being named to the Most Endangered Places List include:

  • increased visibility through statewide media publicity;
  • inclusion on the Preservation Texas Most Endangered Places website;
  • letters of support from Preservation Texas as needed for advocacy efforts or grant applications;
  • possibility of direct support through research and documentation; and
  • small grant opportunities through a new Endangered Places Fund supported by the Summerlee Foundation.

Importantly, inclusion on the Most Endangered Places List affirms local advocacy efforts to save a threatened resource and links individual preservationists, local preservation organizations, county historical commissions and other advocates with a statewide network of professionals and volunteers who can be relied upon for advice and support.  We regularly plan educational programs at our statewide and regional meetings to support endangered places and invite those working to save endangered places to make presentations on their challenges and successes.

And when buildings are finally saved, we recognize them at our biennial Honor Awards program so that we can celebrate the achievements of those who have had the vision and dedication needed to save Endangered Places.

Since our first Most Endangered Places List was announced in 2004, a total of 156 historic structures, regions, typologies and themes have been included.  Of these listings, 133 have been individual historic buildings of which:
  • 37 have been saved (28%)
  • 11 have been demolished (8%)
  • 18 have made major progress (14%)

The remaining sites are in various states of endangerment, some of which are being supported with intensive local advocacy.

Most recently, we recognized two major saves with 2018 Honor Awards: the Polley Mansion in Sutherland Springs (Wilson Co.) and the Kraigher House in Brownsville (Cameon Co.).

In several cases, a site included on the Preservation Texas Most Endangered Places List was subsequently included on the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 11 Most Endangered Places List or named as one of its National Treasures: El Paso’s El Segundo Barrio and Guadalupe Mountains National Park’s Ship on the Desert (11 Most Endangered) and Rio Vista Farm (National Treasure).

To nominate a site, visit our submission website.  Remember, the deadline is Friday, November 9th at 5:00 pm CST, and all submissions must be made online.

We thank you for your support for endangered historic places in Texas.