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 will waive field service fees for At Risk Properties for the year, and provide additional services and support (e.g. letters of support for Keystone Grant fund applications).
Would Pennsylvania At Risk listing help with preservation efforts for a place in your community?
Use the 2020 Pennsylvania At Risk form to nominate a site for consideration. New this year is the option to receive a determination of eligibility for the National Register from the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. This National Register fact sheet on the Benefits, Opportunities, and Responsibilities Associated with Historic Designation may provide some insights. Learn more about the National Register process at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website.

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 Submit the completed form, with IMAGES AS ATTACHMENTS, listed on the photo key page.
Eligibility Requirements
  • The property is architecturally and/or historically significant. (While National Register eligibility/listing is NOT a requirement, National Register criteria for significance are a suggested guide for evaluation)
  • The property is faced with imminent, recognized endangerment either from overt action, neglect, incompatible use, or loss of context.
Nominations will be evaluated according to the following criteria
  • Architectural and/or historic significance
  • Identifiable threat
  • Likelihood that inclusion on this list will make a positive impact on preservation efforts
  • Capacity of the nominator to use this listing for the benefit of the property/site
 Due by Monday, October 14, 2019
Submit your completed form, with IMAGES SUBMITTED AS ATTACHMENTS


2019 Pennsylvania At Risk

Please donate to help!These five sites were selected from nominations submitted by the public and will become Preservation Pennsylvania’s work priorities in 2019.
  • CUMBERLAND COUNTY. Farmhouse at Carlisle Indian School
  • DELAWARE COUNTY, Woodburne Mansion
  • LEBANON COUNTY, Colebrook Grist Mill
Read more about each publication below, or download our 2019 newsletter.
2019 PA at Risk cover(Preservation Pennsylvania members will receive a printed copy in the mail, or via email depending on preferences and membership level.) Listings include "Get Involved" actions for how you can connect and make a difference.
Preservation Pennsylvania offers individuals, communities and organizations free technical assistance to help prevent historic properties from reaching At Risk crisis status. 

You can help!

Check out our website for updates. 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.
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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! To take action in your community, consult our free publication, How to Protect and Preserve the Places that Matter to You.

Farmhouse at the Carlisle Indian School
Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle
Threat: Physical Deterioration/ Demolition

A coalition of Tribal representatives and local organizations seek to preserve a farmhouse that was part of the Carlisle Indian School. They hope to transform it into a place of healing and education.
Farmhouse building

Woodburne Mansion
1215 Springfield Road, Darby
Threat: Demolition/Physical Deterioration/Financial Capacity

This empty mansion designed by architect Horace Trumbauer for a noted family offers vast potential. It’s surrounded by a historic natural landscape that’s poised to become a valuable recreational resource that would benefit the residents of several nearby townships.
Exterior Woodburne Mansion 

Colebrook Grist Mill
5389 Elizabethtown Road, Palmyra Threat: Physical Deterioration/ Demolition
Local advocates hope to save, restore and find a new use for the long-vacant landmark.
Colebrook Mill exterior

Weiss House
2935 N Whitehall Road, Eagleville
Threat: Demolition/Physical Deterioration/Development Pressure
A mid-century residence designed by one of the world’s greatest 20th century architects is threatened with demolition by neglect and development.
 Weiss House exterior

Camp Archbald
100 Camp Archbald Road, Kingsley
Threat: Financial Capacity, Environmental Degradation, Development
Local Girl Scout councils across the country, with approval from national leadership, have put up for sale more than 200 camps in 30 states. Camp Archbald, one of the oldest camps in the country, is under review for potential sale.
Please note: due to an error, we previously reported that GSHPA applied for a permit for Cabot Oil & Gas to build a fracking well pad on camp property. This is not the case.
Lake view at Camp Archbald

Please note that once a place has been added to the list, it remains on the Pennsylvania At Risk list. For an overview of the most recent update statistics, check out our 2015 Pennsylvania At RIsk newsletter. Not sure if a place is already on the list? Check out our database, listing the properties that have been added since 1992.
You can help support legal costs for ongoing work at Abolition Hall and Mifflin House, two places with important Underground Railroad history.

Pennsylvania At Risk Database and Archives
To access a searchable database of all properties listed in Pennsylvania At Risk since 1992, click here. 

PLEASE 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 Julia at
To find a copy of the original publication containing more information about each historic property and the nature of its endangerment, please go to our archive of Pennsylvania At Risk newsletters.

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