The National Trust for Historic Preservation lists 11 endangered cultural sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has released its annual report highlighting the most “at risk” sites in the United States. The list understand 11 architectural and cultural heritage sites threatened by neglect, encroaching development, climate change and other factors.

Some of the sites identified in the report include a school on the US island territory of Guam that was designed by modernist architect Richard Neutra, which has been unusable and vacant since 2013, and the home and studios of Abstract Expressionist painters James Brooks and Charlotte Park in East Hampton, New York, a deteriorating 11-acre property that was abandoned after Park’s death in 2010.

The Brooks-Park house in East Hampton, New York. Mariette Gavaris.

Another listed site is the Picture Cave in Missouri, a 43-acre cavern that contains Osage burial sites and hundreds of stylized pictographs dating from around 915 to 1066. The site was heavily vandalized and looted, and l Last year, it sold for $2.2 million. to a limited liability company, raising concerns in the Osage Nation that the paintings could be altered and public access to the site restricted.

Since its inception in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, not-for-profit organization that raises funds for the conservation of heritage sites, has identified 300 sites at risk, with less than 5% of sites lost.

“These places give us a better understanding of our nation’s complex history and allow us to explore the ideas that continue to challenge us,” Paul Edmondson, the organization’s president, said in a statement. “With each year’s listing, we make greater strides in our efforts to expand preservation work to tell the full American story.”

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