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Preservation Alliance unveils list of 10 most endangered historic places

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What do a church, a school, a water tower, and a drive-in have in common? These sites all joined the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's 2011 list of the state's 10 Most Endangered Historic Places.

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The list, the 18th annual compilation PAM has released, profiles historic sites that are most in need of public support and advocacy. Citizens and groups from around the state submitted twenty-four nominations for the 2011 list. Final selections were made by a committee including members of the following groups: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society; the Society of Architectural Historians, Minnesota Chapter; the American Institute of Architects; Preserve Minneapolis; the University of Minnesota; and the Dodd Ford Bridge Preservation Society.

The 10 Most Endangered list will be formally announced to the public at PAM's (Anti)Wrecking Ball, May 12, 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Soap Factory, 514 2nd St., SE, Minneapolis. This is a ticketed event open to the public. Details can be found on PAM's website at www.mnpreservation.org/programs/ten-most-endangered/antiwrecking-ball

The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2011 are (please note that this list is NOT ranked):

Jackson Street Water Tower, Elk River

Dredge William A. Thompson, Mississippi River (Winona vicinity)

Howe School, Minneapolis

Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, Fergus Falls

Johnston Hall, Faribault

Mayowood Historic District, Rochester

Mitchell Yards, Hibbing

Pillsbury A Mill Complex, Minneapolis

Porky's Drive-In, St. Paul

St. Peter's Church, Duluth

The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program is designed to spotlight historic properties that face imminent danger through demolition and neglect, organizational and financial challenges, and restrictive and inappropriate public policy. Through this program PAM seeks favorable outcomes that can be achieved through a preservation approach. Of the nearly 150 historic places listed over the life of this important program, almost two-thirds have been saved in part through the awareness generated by their listing. Recent success stories include the Saint Louis County Jail, Duluth, which was listed as an endangered property in 2004, 2008, and 2009 and was purchased in 2010 by a developer who plans to renovate the building for office use using Minnesota's new state rehabilitation tax credit. Properties on last year's 10 Most Endangered list that have been saved or are in progress include the Garrison Concourse, the Todd County Courthouse, and the Samuel J. Hewson House. The Jackson County Resource Center, listed on the 10 Most Endangered list in 2010, was demolished in January 2011.

More information about the 2011 listings, as well as a full listing of previous years' 10 Most Endangered sites, can be found at www.mnpreservation.org/programs/ten-most-endangered

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