Minnesota’s Top 10 most endangered for 2008

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by Todd Melby, 5/1/08 • An abandoned jail, a small town bank, below ground resources, and a mid-century Modern icon represent just a few of the diverse sites named to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s 2008 list of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places.

This list, the 15th annual compilation the Alliance has released, profiles the state’s most endangered historic sites.

The 2008 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places List includes:

* St. Louis County Jail, Duluth
* Historic Mantorville Normal School, Mantorville
* McGrath Old State Bank, McGrath
* Layman’s/Pioneer and Soldiers Memorial Cemetery, Minneapolis
* Oakland Apartments, Minneapolis
* Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis
* St. Anthony Falls Historic District Archaeological Resources, Minneapolis
* Floral Hall (Olmsted County Fairgrounds Building #31), Rochester
* St. Matthews (Rock of Ages) Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Paul
* Buch House, Shakopee

The Ten Most Endangered program is designed to spotlight historic properties that face imminent danger through demolition, neglect, severe alteration, or inappropriate public policy. Through this program the Alliance seeks favorable outcomes that can be achieved through a preservation approach. Of the 122 places listed over the life of this important program, two-thirds have been saved in part through the awareness generated by its listing. Success stories include Minneapolis’ Midtown Exchange and the Ivy Tower, St. Paul’s Head and Sack House, the Stillwater Lift Bridge, the former Red Wing High School, the Litchfield Opera House, and Virginia’s B’Nai Abraham Synagogue. A full listing of previous Ten Most Endangered properties, and more information about the Alliance’s work to preserve, protect, and promote Minnesota’s historic resources, can be found here.

A photographic exhibit featuring the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places for 2008 — created by Doug Ohman, Pioneer Photography, Kodet Architectural Group and Drumminhands Design — will be displayed at museums, libraries and other public places throughout the state during 2008. (Source: Preservation Alliance of Minnesota press release)