Pennsylvania at Risk

Pennsylvania At Risk 2014

In a report released February 9, 2015, Preservation Pennsylvania, the statewide historic preservation nonprofit, announced seven properties it has added to its Pennsylvania At Risk list, an annual listing of sites determined to be among the commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources. The seven highlighted properties were identified in 2014 through nominations submitted by the public, and will become Preservation Pennsylvania’s priorities in 2015.

The Pennsylvania At Risk list includes important resource types, and common or noteworthy issues faced by historic properties in the state. In addition to demolition and potential loss due to deferred maintenance, key issues include:
1) loss of vitality due to closure of a downtown government facility;
2) impacts from inappropriately sited intensive development; and
3) physical and economic challenges faced by municipalities and property owners due to substantial increases in flood insurance premiums.

Preservation Pennsylvania is committed to helping people protect and preserve Pennsylvania’s endangered historic properties and will work with them to overcome these threats and preserve and rehabilitate these significant historic places in the coming year.

Learn more about this year's properties in our 2014 Pennsylvania At Risk publication, available online by clicking here, or request a printed copy by emailing or calling the office.
Pennsylvania At Risk serves as a representative sampling of the Commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources. It is our belief that publication of this list draws statewide attention to the plight of Pennsylvania’s historic resources, promotes action to protect historic properties, and encourages additional state funding for historic places. It has been proven that these preservation activities have a positive impact on our economy.  
Nominations to Pennsylvania At Risk closed on Friday, October 31, 2014.
Nomination Procedures
To be included in Pennsylvania At Risk, a property must be considered to be historic (but it does not necessarily need to be officially designated as such) at the local, state or national level,  and must be faced with imminent endangerment, either from overt action (such as demolition or inappropriate alteration), neglect, incompatible use, or loss of context. 

Nominations will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Historic or architectural significance;

  • Clearly identified threat; and

  • Likelihood that inclusion in Pennsylvania At Risk will make a positive impact on preservation efforts. 

In some cases, geographic location is also a factor for consideration.

To nominate a property to Pennsylvania At Risk, we ask that you please complete as much of the Pennsylvania At Risk 2014 nomination form as possible, and provide at least one electronic photograph of the property. If you do not know the answers to all of the questions in the nomination form, or you do not have access to a photograph, please submit your nomination anyway. This is the best way for us to find out about endangered properties. We will work with you to gather the additional information needed. 

The nomination form should be submitted to: 

Erin Hammerstedt
Preservation Pennsylvania
257 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Nominations were due by Friday, October 31, 2014.


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 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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