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Post Offices Join List Of Nation's 'Most Endangered Historic Places'

  • With no clear disposition review process in place, hundreds of these historic civic buildings may be endangered by U.S. Postal Service cost cutting, including this one — the Geneva Post Office in Geneva, Ill.
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    With no clear disposition review process in place, hundreds of these historic civic buildings may be endangered by U.S. Postal Service cost cutting, including this one — the Geneva Post Office in Geneva, Ill.
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  • Joe Frazier's Gym is for sale in Philadelphia. The annual list spotlights architectural, cultural and natural heritage sites at risk of destruction or irreparable damage and raises awareness about the threats.
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    Joe Frazier's Gym is for sale in Philadelphia. The annual list spotlights architectural, cultural and natural heritage sites at risk of destruction or irreparable damage and raises awareness about the threats.
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  • The Thomas Clark House at Princeton Battlefield Park in Princeton Township, N.J., is shown in Dec. 2001. The battle was fought on the Clark's farm and Gen. George Washington's dearest friend Gen. Hugh Mercer died in the house nine days after being wounded at the battle during the Revolutionary War. This site is currently threatened by a housing development.
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    The Thomas Clark House at Princeton Battlefield Park in Princeton Township, N.J., is shown in Dec. 2001. The battle was fought on the Clark's farm and Gen. George Washington's dearest friend Gen. Hugh Mercer died in the house nine days after being wounded at the battle during the Revolutionary War. This site is currently threatened by a housing development.
    Daniel Hulshizer/AP
  • Historic structures at the Port of Los Angeles, including Terminal Island, are slated for demolition. The National Trust for Historic Preservation said Wednesday that Terminal Island has been named to its 2012 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
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    Historic structures at the Port of Los Angeles, including Terminal Island, are slated for demolition. The National Trust for Historic Preservation said Wednesday that Terminal Island has been named to its 2012 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
    John C. Williams/National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Sweet Auburn Historic District, a historically African American commercial area is threatened by inappropriate development.
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    Sweet Auburn Historic District, a historically African American commercial area is threatened by inappropriate development.
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  • In this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site near Medora, N.D., is seen in Sept. 2007. Billings County officials want to build a crossing over the Little Missouri River and a road to cut commute times for locals. Opponents worry it would be a road heavy with oil traffic and RVs, ruining an area that inspired the conservation-minded president.
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    In this photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service, Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch site near Medora, N.D., is seen in Sept. 2007. Billings County officials want to build a crossing over the Little Missouri River and a road to cut commute times for locals. Opponents worry it would be a road heavy with oil traffic and RVs, ruining an area that inspired the conservation-minded president.
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  • This is the house where slain African-American leader Malcolm X spent part of his childhood. It's in the Roxbury section of Boston. An attempt to preserve the frame house as a historic landmark faces an uphill battle.
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    This is the house where slain African-American leader Malcolm X spent part of his childhood. It's in the Roxbury section of Boston. An attempt to preserve the frame house as a historic landmark faces an uphill battle.
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  • Karnes County Courthouse is one of scores of historic courthouses in Texas that are in disrepair due to inadequate funding and maintenance.
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    Karnes County Courthouse is one of scores of historic courthouses in Texas that are in disrepair due to inadequate funding and maintenance.
    Mick Watson/National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Three historic bridges spanning the Merced River are being considered for removal in the Yosemite Valley.
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    Three historic bridges spanning the Merced River are being considered for removal in the Yosemite Valley.
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  • This photo provided by the Ohio Historical Society shows a view across the spring garden to the Bimeler Museum in Zoar Village, Ohio. The building which was seriously damaged in an earlier flood is undergoing repairs during this summer.
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    This photo provided by the Ohio Historical Society shows a view across the spring garden to the Bimeler Museum in Zoar Village, Ohio. The building which was seriously damaged in an earlier flood is undergoing repairs during this summer.
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  • A view of main autopsy theater area at the 1909 mortuary building in Ellis Island hospital in New York City. During the height of immigration to the U.S. from the 1890’s to the 1950’s millions of immigrants experienced the land of their dreams for the first time in these halls and corridors. The hospital complex has not been restored and remains closed to visitors.
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    A view of main autopsy theater area at the 1909 mortuary building in Ellis Island hospital in New York City. During the height of immigration to the U.S. from the 1890’s to the 1950’s millions of immigrants experienced the land of their dreams for the first time in these halls and corridors. The hospital complex has not been restored and remains closed to visitors.
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Among this year's list of "11 most endangered historic places" in the view of the National Trust for Historic Preservation are post office buildings across the nation.

When it announced that nearly 4,400 post offices would be studied to see if they should be closed, the U.S. Postal Service did not "define and implement a clear process that will protect the historic buildings in its inventory," the trust says.

Using the Post Office in Geneva, Ill., as an example, the trust makes the case that it needs to be saved and used as a model "for preserving other historic post office buildings across the country."

Meanwhile, the other 10 places on this year's list are:

— Joe Frazier's gym in Philadelphia. The boxing champ's training facility "enjoys no formal historic designation at the local or national level."

— The Revolutionary War battlefield in Princeton, N.J. A proposed housing development "would radically alter the integrity of a rare, intact battlefield."

— Terminal Island in the Port of Los Angeles, where historic structures are "slated for demolition."

— Atlanta's Sweet Auburn historic district. "Inappropriate development" threatens the historically African-American commercial area.

— President Theodore Roosevelt's Elkhorn Ranch in Billings County, N.D. A proposed new road could bring "traffic, noise and dust," as well as "a visual disruption."

— The Malcolm X — Ella Little-Collins House in Boston. The "last surviving boyhood home of Malcolm X" is deteriorating.

— "Scores of historic courthouses" across Texas. Many are in disrepair due to "inadequate funding and maintenance."

— Three bridges in Yosemite Valley, which are "being considered for removal and face an uncertain future."

— The village of Zoar, Ohio, where a levee may not offer adequate protection.

— New York Harbor's Ellis Island hospital complex, which is "un-restored and off limits to visitors."

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