The Most Endangered Properties program started in 1995 to educate Iowans about the special buildings, sites, and structures that are slowly and gradually slipping away from us.
Preservation Iowa designated nine properties as the 2017 Most Endangered Properties and some of these properties have been highlighted in other preservation publications since their designation. In the past 20 years, Preservation Iowa has designated over 150 archeological sites, churches, landscapes and a variety of other buildings.
The Most Endangered Properties program provides an excellent resource for media coverage and introduces owners of an endangered property to preservation advocacy and resources that can help preserve their historic property. Additionally, there have been interest groups who have used the designation as a mechanism to leverage other financial resources to restore and preserve properties.
If you know of an important building Preservation Iowa encourages you to nominate it as one of the 2018 Most Endangered Properties. A panel of judges reviews each nomination based on four criteria:
- The (historic) significance of the building, site, or structure
- Present condition
- The urgency & nature of the threat
- The possible solutions that would remove threats to the place
More information on the CALL FOR NOMINATIONS.