2021 Most Endangered Properties – Call for Nominations

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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 9 properties as the 2020 Most Endangered Properties and some of these properties have been highlighted in other preservation publications since their designation. In the past 25 years, Preservation Iowa has designated over 200 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 that is threatened, Preservation Iowa encourages you to nominate it as one of the 2021 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



To submit a nomination to the Most Endangered Properties Program e-mail Nomination Form, digital images, letters of support, etc. to lajjchs@juno.com.  Please use “Most Endangered Properties Nomination” in the e-mail subject line.  Images may also be sent using a file transfer service, such as Drop Box, Google Drive, or We Transfer. If using Google Drive, ensure that permissions are set to allow anyone with the link to download prior to sending.

Nomination Packet Must Include:

  • Completed Nomination Form – be sure to complete all parts of the form.
  • At least two (2) and no more than four (4) high resolution (minimum 300 dpi, 2MB in size) images. Ideally, one image preceding threat or an historic image and one current image. Please include photo credits.

There is NO nomination fee.


Any additional questions may be directed to Leigh Ann Randak at 319-337-9581 or lajjchs@juno.com