Nominees revealed for annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places listThe Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) announces the nominees for its annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Twenty-four nominations were submitted from concerned community advocates and distressed property owners from throughout the state.
By: Staff Report, Alexandria Echo Press
The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota (PAM) announces the nominees for its annual 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Twenty-four nominations were submitted from concerned community advocates and distressed property owners from throughout the state.
The nominees for this year’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list are (in alphabetical order):
Alcoa Aluminum House, St. Louis Park
Anderson House, Wabasha
The Barn “Shed,” Willmar
Church of the Holy Cross, Dundas
Dredge William A. Thompson, near Winona
Fergus Falls Regional Treatment Center, Fergus Falls
Ford Building, St. Paul
Great Northern Railway Depot, Princeton
Habicht’s Department Store Building, Willmar
Howe School, Minneapolis
Jackson Street Water Tower, Elk River
Johnston Hall, Faribault
Kawishiwi Lab/Halfway Ranger Station Historic District, Ely
Lakeland Hotel Building, Willmar
Mayowood Historic District, Rochester
Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Mitchell Yards, Hibbing
Olness House (“A Friend’s House”), Moorhead
Pillsbury “A” Mill Complex, Minneapolis
Porky’s Drive-In, St. Paul
Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour, Afton
Sickler-Newman-Seifert House, Excelsior
St. Peter’s Church, Duluth
Wells Center (Historic Alden Smith House), Minneapolis
More information about the 2011 nominees to the 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list can be found on PAM’s website, www.mnpreservation.org
PAM will distribute an embargoed press release with the final 10 Most Endangered list for 2011 on May 10, 2011. PAM’s formal announcement of the 2011 list will take place at its second annual (Anti)Wrecking Ball on Thursday, May 12, 2011, 6:00-9:00 p.m., at the Soap Factory, 514 2nd St. SE in Minneapolis.
The goal of the (Anti)Wrecking Ball is to kick-start advocacy support for the sites on the 10 Most Endangered list, and PAM hopes that revealing the nominees in advance will heighten citizen interest in taking immediate action. Local supporters of the listed sites will attend the (Anti)Wrecking Ball to present information on these ten significant historic places, the threats they face, and what interested citizens can do to help ensure a preservation solution. Everyone in attendance at the event will be allowed to vote on which of the ten listed properties should receive a $2,000 seed grant from PAM.
The (Anti)Wrecking Ball will include live music by the Steamboat Kings, a raffle for dining, theater tickets, and artwork, and food and drink available for purchase from the Magic Bus Café and Surly Brewing Company. Advance tickets for the (Anti)Wrecking Ball are $8 for PAM members, $10 for non-members, and can be purchased online at www.mnpreservation.org. All tickets will be $10 at the door the night of the event (cash only). The (Anti)Wrecking Ball is presented by National Window Associates and PAM’s 2011 organizational sponsors: HGA; US Bank; Commerce Bank; Hess, Roise and Company; and Miller Dunwiddie Architecture.
This marks the 18th year that PAM has presented its 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list. The 10 Most Endangered 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 more than 150 historic places listed over the life of this important program, two-thirds have been saved in part through the awareness generated by their listing. A full listing of previous 10 Most Endangered properties can be found at www.mnpreservation.org/programs.