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2020 Lousiana's Most Endangered Places Announced
The state of Louisiana is full of great historic and cultural sites which are celebrated near and far. Sometimes these historic sites suffer neglect and are threatened to be lost forever, unless there is change. Since 1999, the Louisiana Trust for Historic Preservation has identified these endangered historic places to advocate for their preservation and protection.
Over 140 sites have been nominated to date – 19 have been lost, 38 have been rehabilitated, the rest remain actively threatened, including this year’s 11 new sites. Listing these places acknowledges their importance to the local community but also our statewide identity and economy. The list is generated from nominations made by the public and aims to attract creative approaches and resources to see the sites saved and rehabilitated for future generations.
“Historic buildings and sites are the fingerprints of our communities and it takes creative measures to preserve and protect them for future generations,” says Brian Davis, Executive Director of the Louisiana Trust. “Strategic partnerships, tax credits and programs like LTHP’s revolving fund can save buildings many people may consider too far gone.”
Selections to Louisiana's Most Endangered Places List are based on their historic significance; the critical nature of their threat; and the likelihood to bring about a positive resolution to their situation or to those of similar sites. More information about the program, including nomination form and a complete list of sites may be found here.
Alto Presbyterian Church (Alto, Richland Parish - 1873)
Camp Salmen Lodge (Slidell, St. Tammany Parish - c. 1790)
Garland House (Bernice, Union Parish - 1902)
Greater New Guide Baptist Church (Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish -1930)
Haughton High School – H Wing (Haughton, Bossier Parish - 1939)
Homer Community Center (Homer, Claiborne Parish - 1939)
McDonough School No. 11 (New Orleans, Orleans Parish - 1879)
Pan Am Petroleum Corporation Gas Station - (Homer, Claiborne Parish - 1922)
Sabine High School (Many, Sabine Parish - 1957)
Ship Shoal Lighthouse (Gulf of Mexico, south of St. Mary Parish - 1859) Photo Credit: Newell Slaughter
St. Alphonsus Church (New Orleans, Orleans Parish - 1855-57)
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