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Preservation Texas Announces 13th Annual List of Most Endangered Historic Places

Sites in Dallas, El Paso, Laredo, Lubbock, Marshall, San Antonio among places named to the 2016 list

Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) February 17, 2016

Historic neighborhoods in El Paso and Laredo, a landmark building on San Antonio’s Alamo Plaza, Dallas’s modern Salvation Army building, an east Texas airport terminal and rural farmsteads, log cabins and country schools are among the fourteen sites that Preservation Texas, Inc. will name to its thirteenth annual list of Texas’ Most Endangered Places.

Preservation Texas officials will formally announce the selections at historic Wooldridge Park in Austin on Thursday afternoon, February 18, 2016 at 12:15 pm as part of its Preservation Texas 2016 Summit.  The announcement in the park is free and open to the public.  Of the nearly 130 sites listed since 2004, only eight have been lost.

“The 2016 list draws attention to historic structures that are taken for granted, and will be lost without direct action,” said Evan Thompson, executive director of Preservation Texas.

The sites on the 2016 list represent culturally, historically and architecturally significant historic places that are at risk.  They also more broadly represent larger categories of sites that are endangered across Texas.  Local grassroots organizations have been working tirelessly in support of these endangered places.  By including them on the list, Preservation Texas hopes to rally Texans statewide to step up and save them.

Historic preservation has a $4.6 billion economic impact in Texas.  Historic sites named to the list of Texas’ Most Endangered Places represent some of the best opportunities to make a positive economic impact on local communities through preservation, particularly through the use of the new state historic preservation tax credit.

Preservation Texas supports sites on its Most Endangered Places List providing advocacy support, stewardship training, publicity and assistance in fostering and building community partnerships.

Thompson noted that the sites included on the 2016 list reflect increased awareness of the importance of rural historic sites, architecture of the recent past, border communities and sites of conscience such as those associated with Civil Rights era sit-ins.

“Our heritage is forgotten when its physical evidence is erased,” said Thompson.  “These sites are worthy of the support of all Texans, and would benefit from financial support, legal protection, sound land use planning and professional guidance.”

Named to the 2016 list were:

Polley House
FM 539 North near Sutherland Springs, Wilson County, Texas

Rural Texas farmsteads are at risk. The historic Polley House, an iconic 1850s limestone landmark, awaits restoration so that the public can be welcomed once again to this former museum.

Collinwood House
5400 Windhaven Parkway, Plano, Plano County, Texas

The City of Plano has been planning to remove the oldest building in Plano, built about 1860, to make way for a city park, but preserving it in place will ensure public access to a building that represents Plano’s agricultural roots.

Old Settlers and Veterans Association Tabernacle
FM 2027 (1 mile south of SH 320), Lott, Falls County, Texas

A historic wooden tabernacle built in 1914 is in deteriorated condition, but can be brought back to life as a community gathering place and inspire restoration efforts of other tabernacles statewide.

Cavitt Log Cabin
312 FM 391, Wheelock, Robertson County, Texas

A circa 1836 log structure built during the Republic of Texas era in need of restoration represents the threat faced by log cabins across Texas.

English-German School
302 North Esplanade, Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas

Small country schools across Texas are disappearing, but the rescue of this circa 1880 schoolhouse in Cuero can be a case study for successful preservation efforts elsewhere.

El Azteca Neighborhood
Bounded by Zacate Creek, Moctezuma St., Interstate 35 and the Rio Grande, Laredo, Webb County, Texas

Historic architecture along the Rio Grande is irreplaceable, and this late-19th century Laredo neighborhood listed on the National Register of Historic Places would benefit from more detailed documentation, research and legal protection.

El Segundo Barrio
Bounded by Paisano Dr., Cesar Chavez Memorial Hwy., Cotton St., and S. Mesa St.El Paso, El Paso County, Texas

A late-19th century neighborhood with early adobe buildings in downtown El Paso would benefit from more detailed documentation, research and legal protection, inspiring heritage tourism in a remarkable city.

Old Lubbock County Jail
811 Main Street, Lubbock, Lubbock County Texas

Historic jails across Texas are a valuable historic resource, but many are in deteriorating condition such as the 1931 Old Lubbock County Jail and are in need of advocacy and support.

Old Linden Firehouse
113 West Rush Street, Linden, Cass County, Texas

Plans for the adaptive use of the 1939 firehouse in Linden will be a model for similar rescues of often unnoticed historic public buildings in the shadows of Texas courthouse squares.

Harrison County Airport Terminal
2100 Warren Drive, Marshall, Harrison County Texas

Mid-20th century architecture is important to preserve, particularly the 1951 Harrison County Airport Terminal which represents an important aspect of our state’s transportation history.

Salvation Army Building
6500 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas

The architecture of the recent past is worth saving, including this garden office building in Dallas that, when constructed in 1963, was an award-winner.

John H. Wood, Jr. Federal Courthouse
727 East Cesar Chavez Boulevard, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

The opportunity to find a creative public use for the former Confluence Theatre at HemisFair, presently a federal courthouse, will ensure the preservation of a 1968 landmark.

House of Mo-Rose Packing Shed
El Dorado Avenue, Rancho Viejo, Cameron County, Texas

The agricultural history of south Texas merges with the region’s remarkable mid-century modern architectural legacy in this packing shed designed by architect Alan Tanaguchi in 1961.

Woolworth Building
518 East Houston Street, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas

An iconic structure built about 1921 on Alamo Plaza represents San Antonio’s leading role in the desegregation of lunch counters in 1960; its preservation should stimulate a greater awareness of the importance of preserving the legacy of the modern Civil Rights era.

 

 

Preservation Texas, Inc. is a non-profit membership-supported historic preservation advocacy and education organization founded in 1985.  Preservation Texas named its first list of endangered sites in 2004.  Its Most Endangered Places program is funded in part by grants and sponsorships from across the state. For more information on Texas’ Most Endangered Places, visit www.preservationtexas.org, or email info@preservationtexas.org.

Evan Thompson
Preservation Texas
Executive Director
512-472-0102
thompson@preservationtexas.org

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