Pennsylvania at Risk

Pennsylvania At Risk 2013, the annual representative sampling of the Commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources, features nine endangered properties that were identified in 2013, and will be Preservation Pennsylvania’s priorities for action in 2014. The properties included in this list of represented important resource types and exemplify common or noteworthy issues faced by historic properties in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania At Risk 2013 includes a train station, a hospital, a theatre, a battlefield, a gristmill, a temple, a bank, a boxing arena and a residence. These nine properties exemplify three common problems. Four were acquired after the buildings had already been vacant for years and were deteriorating. Despite the fact that their new owners intended to restore or rehabilitate them for new use, they have not yet been able to secure the financial resources needed to do so.  Four more At Risk properties are threatened with demolition; three of those are slated to be removed to make way for new development. The final property listed in Pennsylvania At Risk 2013 is threatened by sale without preservation restrictions, which means that the historic site is in danger of inappropriate development. 

Pennsylvania At Risk 2013 includes the following resources:

  • Coraopolis Station in Coraopolis, Allegheny County
  • Altman’s Mill in Saltsburg, Indiana County
  • Irem Temple in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County
  • Old Hickory in Coudersport, Potter County
  • VA Highland Drive Campus in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County
  • Garman Theatre in Bellefonte, Centre County (DEMOLISHED)
  • Public Federal Savings Bank in Lower Merion Township, Montgomery County
  • The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia
  • Monterey Pass Battlefield and Maria Furnace Road, Washington Township, Franklin County

By publishing Pennsylvania At Risk, Preservation Pennsylvania draws statewide attention to the plight of Pennsylvania’s historic resources and promotes local action to protect them. When historic buildings are allowed to deteriorate or their history is not appreciated, they are often viewed as liabilities rather than assets. Preservation Pennsylvania is pleased to say that 32% of the 202 properties listed in Pennsylvania At Risk over the past 21 years have been “saved.” Many of them received Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, including six in 2013 alone. These happy endings show that even historic properties that appear to be in the direst of situations can be brought back to function as cultural and economic assets for the Commonwealth. 

 
Preservation Pennsylvania always welcomes input and updates on the status of At Risk properties, as well as information about other endangered properties that could use our help. Please contact Field Representative Erin Hammerstedt at (814) 571-2444 or ehammerstedt@preservationpa.org to talk about At Risk properties in your area. 


 
Pennsylvania At Risk Database and Archives
To access a searchable database of all properties listed in Pennsylvania At Risk since 1992, click here. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The version of the At Risk database available here is not current.  Preservation Pennsylvania staff is currently working on updating the database, and will post it here as soon as that project is complete.  
 
To find a copy of the original publication containing more information about each historic property and the nature of its endangerment, please go to our archive of Pennsylvania At Risk newsletters.
 




 
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