Arizona’s Most Endangered Historic Places Announced

Two Nominated for America’s 11 Most Endangered Places List

PHOENIX, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ — The Arizona Preservation Foundation has released its 2006 list of Arizona’s most endangered historic places. Compiled by preservation professionals and historians, the list identifies critically endangered properties of major historical significance to the state. “All of the properties we have named are important historic sites in Arizona, but unfortunately are in grave danger of collapse, demolition, or destruction,” said Vince Murray, vice president of the Foundation’s board and chair of its Most Endangered Historic Places review committee. “It is critical that residents and government officials act now to save these elements of their cultural heritage before it’s too late.”

Detailed descriptions and a photograph of each threatened property are available online at http://azmostendangered.blogspot.com/. Individuals interested in helping to preserve a property are encouraged to reply back via the blog’s comments feature.

The 2006 list of endangered properties are:
* Adamsville Ruins, Coolidge
* Basque Pelota Ball Court and Associated Structures, Flagstaff
* Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill, Tucson
* First Baptist Church, Phoenix
* Fisher Memorial Home, Casa Grande
* Geronimo Station, Geronimo
* Meehan/Gaar House, Casa Grande
* Mesa Grande Platform Mound Ruins, Mesa
* Mountain View Black Officers Club, Sierra Vista
* Peter T. Robertson Residence, Yuma
* Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, Casa Grande
* Sun Mercantile Building, Phoenix

Two of the 12 have been nominated for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “11 Most Endangered Places” (www.nationaltrust.org/11most) — the Mountain View Black Officers Club in Sierra Vista and the Sun Mercantile Building in downtown Phoenix. The National Trust’s list will be announced in May 2006.

Enough progress was demonstrated to transfer several on the Foundation’s 2005 “most endangered list” to its “watch list” of properties not imminently threatened with collapse, demolition, or destruction — the Eisendrath House in Tempe, Greenway Mansion in Ajo, J. B. Wright House in Kingman, Society Hill Boardwalk in Jerome, and Williams Grammar School in Williams.

The Arizona Preservation Foundation is Arizona’s only nonprofit statewide historic preservation organization. Founded in 1979, APF is dedicated to preserving Arizona’s historical, archaeological, architectural, and cultural resources. For more information, visit www.azpreservation.org.

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