2020 Pennsylvania At Risk

These sites were selected from nominations submitted by the public and will become Preservation Pennsylvania’s work priorities in 2020.

Not all At Risk properties can be saved, but At Risk data analysis proves that many can. Calling attention to the plight of these special places gives each one a better chance of finding the right combination of people, support and ideas -- the resources necessary to result in a "Save" Get involved! To take action in your community, consult our free publication, How to Protect and Preserve the Places that Matter to You.

Since 1992, Preservation Pennsylvania has published the Pennsylvania At Risk list to draw statewide attention to the plight of Pennsylvania’s historic resources; promote and support local action to protect historic properties; and encourage funding and legislation that supports preservation activities.

Helping people to protect and preserve Pennsylvania’s endangered historic properties is a top priority for Preservation Pennsylvania. The organization is committed to engaging with people interested in working to preserve and rehabilitate these significant historic places.

This year’s list was chosen from nominations submitted by groups and individuals. Submissions are evaluated by several criteria, including historic significance, the extent of the threat and the community’s commitment to preserving the resource.

Read or download the 2020 Pennsylvania At Risk newsletter.


Croatian Fraternal Union
3441 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh

Local preservationists urge the University of Pittsburgh to incorporate the former Croation Fraternal Union building into its plans for a new innovation center, rather than demolishing the ornate Flemish Gothic-style building.


Firstside Historic District
100-102, 104 and 106-108 Market Street,
209 First Avenue, Pittsburgh

A National Register Historic District (listed 1988) that represents Pittsburgh’s wharf trade history with architecturally significant buildings is threatened with the potential demolition of a block of buildings that will leave a hole in the district and threaten its listed status and associated incentives.

lehigh county

Lock Ridge Furnace
525 Franklin Street, Alburtis

A local park and its buildings tell the story of the region’s industrial history and a town’s founding, yet repairs to secure and reopen the buildings will be a budget strain.

Northampton county

Meadows Road Bridge
Meadows Road at Saucon Creek Lower Saucon Township

A beloved and historic stone bridge provides an important connection to the past — and to two sides of a township. Locals want to see it repaired instead of replaced.

PhilAdelphia County

John Coltrane House
1511 N. 33rd Street, Philadelphia

National Historic Landmark designation can’t save this jazz great’s home (at left) from slow decline, but a caring community hopes to work with the owners to create a bright future.

York County

 Strickler Farmhouse
1205 Williams Road, Springettsbury Township
National Register-listed farmhouse located on the county prison property needs to be moved or it may be demolished.