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Top Ten Endangered Places and Worst Losses Lists Released!

The Top Ten Endangered Places List is released annually to bring national attention to sites at risk due to neglect, lack of funding, inappropriate development and weak legislation. From unique 19th-century landmarks to simple vernacular housing, stone railway stations to Modernist airports, heritage districts to single buildings, the list has become a powerful tool in the fight to make landmarks, not landfill.

The National Trust uses three primary criteria to determine the 10 final sites for inclusion on the list:
•    Significance of the site
•    Urgency of the threat/potential for a positive and creative solution
•    Community support for its preservation

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2014 Top Ten Endangered Places List

Full PDF Backgrounder on this year's sites.

The National Trust released its 10th annual Top Ten Most Endangered Places and Worst Losses lists on July 17, 2014.

The selection—presented here from the North to the West to the East coasts—was compiled from the results of The National Trust's call for nominations as well as those stories and news items followed throughout the year.
 

Robertson Headframe – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – TOWERING SYMBOL OF CITY’S GOLD MINING HERITAGE THREATENED

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Vancouver West Side Character Homes and Gardens – Shaughnessy, Kerrisdale, Point Grey and Dunbar Neighbourhoods, Vancouver, BC – DEMOLITION OF ORGINAL HOUSING STOCK IN FAVOUR OF “MONSTER” HOUSES DECIMATING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND CHARACTER OF VANCOUVER NEIGHBOURHOODS

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Paramount Theatre – 10233 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta– CURTAINS CLOSING ON DOWNTOWN EDMONTON’S LAST HISTORIC CINEMA 

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Petrie Building – 15 Wyndham Street North, Guelph ON—A CASE OF DEMOLITION BY NEGLECT
 
Lack of capital investment leaves a once stunning and unique downtown landmark suffering from neglect. 
 

Former GTR Locomotive Repair Shops (also known as the Cooper Site) – 350 Downie Street, Stratford, ON – RAILWAY LEGACY OR LOOMING LANDFILL?

This massive industrial structure may be sent to landfill despite creative suggestions for adaptive reuse.

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Nor’Wester Mountain Range and Loch Lomond Watershed Reserve – Blake Township, Neebing, ON – WIND TURBINES TRUMP CULTURE AND NATURE

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Estate of the Pères de Sainte-Croix (Fathers of the Holy Cross), Notre-Dame-du-Bel-Air – Lac Simon, Regional Municipality of Papineau, QC—CULTURAL LANDSCAPE ON TENDERHOOKS

Property owner circumvents heritage bylaw by making sale of lots contingent upon land severance.

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St. Alphonsus Church – New Victoria Highway, Victoria Mines, NS – COMMUNITY STAVES OFF CHURCH DEMOLITION BY DIOCESE

The survival of St. Alphonsus Church depends on the community’s fundraising abilities and a Diocese willing to support their efforts.  

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Gander International Airport Departures Lounge – 1000 James Blvd., Gander, NL –MID-CENTURY GEM SCHEDULED TO DEPART DUE TO DOWNSIZING

The most important modernist room in Canada faces imminent destruction due to high operating costs and low passenger traffic.

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Federally-owned Lighthouses, Canada--HERITAGE LEGISLATION IS NOT ENOUGH

Federally-owned lighthouses deteriorate despite heritage legislation: Sambro Island, NS; Terence Bay, NS; Gannet Rock, NB; Nottawasaga Island, ON; Main Duck Island, ON; and many more across the country.  

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