Endangered Places

Alma, Kansas 1920-1925Since 1993, the Kansas Preservation Alliance has called attention to our most threatened historic resources by means of the Endangered Places Program.Modeled after the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, KPA’s biannual Endangered Historic Places list of threatened Kansas properties strives to highlight important historic resources throughout Kansas that are in jeopardy of being lost if action is not taken soon to save them. Over the last two decades, KPA has identified almost 100 significant historic Kansas places in need of immediate attention. Listings include a wide variety of resources, such as rural landscapes, bridges, archaeological sites, downtown districts, and individual buildings; all of which are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate public policy, or insensitive development.

Though not a celebratory moment, the unveiling of the list draws much-needed awareness to threatened historic sites statewide. The list often raises local consciousness and facilitates networks of potential financial and/or technical assistance. While we are proud to report that many previously endangered places have since been saved and/or rehabilitated, the announcement of the list acknowledges there is still much work to be done.

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Started in 1993, the Endangered Places program has listed 97 resources statewide.  Of the various resources listed over the years, KPA is proud to report that 47 have been saved and/or rehabilitated.  Unfortunately, 15 have been lost and 34 continue to be threatened — we need the public’s help to preserve these important local landmarks

Nominate an Endangered Property

Do you know of an irreplaceable historic building or site that is threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development, insensitive public policy, or other perils? If so, this is your opportunity to help save it.

The Endangered Historic Places is compiled from nominations submitted by the public. Selections are based on the significance of the property to the community, state, or nation, as well as the nature and immediacy of the threat to the property.

The form can be found here.

Previous Endangered Historic Places:

List of 2014 Endangered Historic Places
– List of 2013 Endangered Historic Places
– List of 2012 Endangered Historic Places
– List of 2010 Endangered Historic Places
– List of 2009 Endangered Historic Places