National Trust 'endangered places' lists Astrodome, JFK terminal among threatened sites

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The National Trust for Historic Preservation released its annual list of sites across the U.S. that are threatened and in need of restorative attention.

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Since 1988, the National Trust has released an annual list aimed at boosting support for the nation's "historic treasures." Some 240 structures and sites have been recognized by the group and anyone can nominate an important locale for consideration. The 2013 list includes 11 "endangered" places.

Houston's Astrodome opened in 1965 and was the world's first domed, air-conditioned stadium. After the city's sports teams opened new venues in the late 1990s, the Astrodome was essentially abandoned. The stadium "will likely succumb to demolition," said the National Trust, unless a "viable reuse plan" is proposed. Source: www.flickr.com

Houston's Astrodome opened in 1965 and was the world's first domed, air-conditioned stadium. After the city's sports teams opened new venues in the late 1990s, the Astrodome was essentially abandoned. The stadium "will likely succumb to demolition," said the National Trust, unless a "viable reuse plan" is proposed.

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The flying-saucer "Worldport" at John F. Kennedy International Airport was also included on the 2013 list. Originally opened in 1960 by Pan Am, the terminal was used until 2013 by Delta. Once a symbol of the modern "Jet Age," the terminal is set for total demolition by 2015.

While several historic structures made the 2013 list, the James River in Virginia was included for "inappropriate development" due to a proposed transmission line that would disrupt the scenery. America's first permanent English settlement in Jamestown was founded along the banks of the river.

"As we interpret and tell the story of these places, it helps us understand as a culture where we have come from." John Hildreth, National Trust regional vice president

Also included on the 2013 list: the Abyssinian Meeting House in Portland, Maine, and the Mountain View Black Officers' Club in Fort Huachuca, Arizona — both important historical landmarks for African-American history.

Several historic structures on Los Angeles' Terminal Island were slated for demolition when it was named an "endangered place" on the National Trust's 2012 list. On Aug. 29, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners released a planning update that included the preservation and re-use of those buildings.

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