Malcolm X house, Philly gym on list of endangered historic sites
By Laura J. Nelson
June 6, 2012, 12:34 p.m.
From battlefields to bridges, historic sites across the country are facing demolition, neglect and encroaching developments. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has added 11 more places to the list of the country's most endangered, including a Revolutionary War battlefield, Malcolm X's home in Boston and the Philadelphia gym where Joe Frazier once trained.
The trust is a Washington-based nonprofit that seeks to preserve sites of historic significance. Every year, the group identifies a list of buildings and places that it considers most endangered. This is the 25th year of the list. Ten of the 242 sites on the list have been lost since 1988.
Bridges of Yosemite Valley
Location: Yosemite National Park, Calif.
The trust says that a comprehensive management plan for the Merced River, which flows through Yosemite National Park, includes demolishing three bridges built in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The bridges are a key example of the National Park Service's distinctive rustic style ("Parkitecture") and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ellis Island hospital complex
Location: New York Harbor
Between 1892 and 1954, Ellis Island processed millions of immigrants coming to the United States. The hospital complex was once the largest U.S. Public Health Service institution in the country, but the trust said the National Park Service doesn't have the money to restore the hospital and quarantine wards.