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Pennsylvania At Risk
Pennsylvania At Risk is a tool for those working locally to save places they care about. It draws statewide attention to the plight of Pennsylvania’s historic resources, promotes and supports local action to protect historic properties, and encourages funding and legislation that supports preservation activities.
Preservation Pennsylvania waives field service fees for At Risk Properties for the year and provides additional services and support such as letters of support for Keystone Grant fund applications or finding experts to offer services pro bono.
Pennsylvania At Risk (#PAatRisk) raises awareness about threatened properties that are a representative sampling of the Commonwealth’s most endangered historic resources. It is a useful tool to rally support for a local landmark.
"Endangerment" is defined as threat of Inappropriate Alteration, Compromised Setting, Physical Deterioration, or Demolition. (See eligibility requirements further below.)
Preservation Pennsylvania will accept nominations for the 2023 Pennsylvania At Risk from February 1 — February 28. After review and selection by our independent panel of experts, we will announce during May/Preservation Month. The 2023 submission form will be posted here soon.
251 properties listed since 1992
94 places – Saved! (37%)
27 places – Partially Saved (10%)
61 places – Lost (23%)
69 places – Remain At Risk (30%)
2022 PENNSYLVANIA AT RISK
Hanby Farm (Delaware County)
Immaculate Conception Church (Allegheny County)
Peebles Homestead (Cumberland County)
Westinghouse R&D Center (Allegheny County)
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania At Risk program, Executive Director Mindy Crawford shared updates on past At Risk-listed properties and announced the 2022 Pennsylvania At Risk. View the recording of the announcement below and click here to read more about the 2022 Pennsylvania At Risk places.
Preservation Pennsylvania offers individuals, communities and organizations free technical assistance to help prevent historic properties from reaching At Risk crisis status. To take action in your community, consult our free publication, "How to Protect & Preserve the Places that Matter to You."
Pennsylvania at risk
You'll find our latest Pennsylvania At Risk news updates below.
Pittsburgh's Immaculate Conception Church was added to Preservation Pennsylvania's Pennsylvania At Risk in 2022, after the church was closed by the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh. The building faces several challenges, including intense development pressure, pressing maintenance issues, and the challenges of finding an appropriate reuse. While Pittsburgh has a number of outstanding houses of worship in various styles, the Immaculate Conception Church is unlike any other religious building in the region.
Announcing the 2022 Pennsylvania At Risk in this 30th anniversary year of the program.
The 2011 Pennsylvania At Risk Hanover Theater (also known as the State Theater) will be purchased by Hanover Borough (York County). The Hanover Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) (formed in 2021), worked closely with the York County Economic Alliance to put together a successful deal and the work now begins to find an investor and/or developer with the vision to successfully reinvigorate the building and block.
The Mifflin House (York County) will be purchased by the environmental nonprofit The Conservation Fund, in collaboration with Preservation Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna National Heritage Area (SNHA). Preservation Pennsylvania added the property to the 2017 Pennsylvania At Risk.
You can make a difference
We urge you to get involved with local preservation planning and efforts. Participate in designing your community's future!
To connect with At Risk sites, check out our website for updates and meeting announcements. Sign up for our e-news. Follow us on social media. We'd love your help, whether it's a hands-on work day, a letter-writing campaign to demonstrate support, or other ways that you can get involved and make a real difference. Click the button below where you can make a one-time donation, or pick an small amount and choose recurring donations to see your impact grow.
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! Make a donation and your gift helps save local landmarks in Pennsylvania.
"The Friends of Abolition Hall was in its infancy when Preservation Pennsylvania gave us the welcome news that the Corson Homestead would be included in the 2017 Pennsylvania At Risk. [The recognition] also affirmed our sense of the value of our struggle. . . .
The articles and photos that followed the listing generated significant interest, which has further legitimized our efforts and enabled us to pursue our objections to the ill-conceived development plan for this once-busy stop on the Underground Railroad.”
Carlisle Indian School Farmhouse Coalition
A farmhouse on the grounds of the former Carlisle Indian School was listed on Pennsylvania At Risk in 2018, The Coalition is working with Preservation Pennsylvania toward a reuse plan based on consultation with advocates and descendants of CIS students.
The Coalition envisions a positive, productive reuse for the farmhouse focused on healing and creating a safe space where descendants can remember, honor and commemorate their loved ones as well as educate and raise awareness of the history and legacy of the CIS. The need for healing has become more evident with recent efforts to repatriate loved ones buried at the CIS cemetery. Click here to read more about the project and history of the farmhouse.
Preservation Pennsylvania is serving as an advisor and fiscal manager to help raise awareness of the history and modern relevance of the CIS and support the ongoing efforts of the Coalition to achieve its vision for the farmhouse.
Pennsylvania At Risk Database
To access a searchable database of all properties listed in Pennsylvania At Risk since 1992, click here (to come).
NOTE: Preservation Pennsylvania staff visited every extant site in 2016 to ascertain its current status. Community members are our eyes and ears in the field. We invite you to contact us if you have a status update or alert regarding an At Risk-listed site. Contact our Program Director Julia at firstname.lastname@example.org
To find a copy of the original publication containing more information about each historic property and the nature of its endangerment, please visit our archive of Pennsylvania At Risk newsletters.
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ARCHIVE OF PENNSYLVANIA AT RISK NEWSLETTERS
Click the year below to open a downloadable pdf of the Pennsylvania At Risk newsletter with details and photographs of that year's properties.