Pennsylvania at Risk

 
 2019 Pennsylvania At Risk
 
 Preservation Pennsylvania is now accepting nominations to the 2019 Pennsylvania at Risk. Click the button below to download the pdf form and nominate a place you care about.
 
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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).
 
 

 

2018 Pennsylvania At Risk List

On February 12, 2018, Preservation Pennsylvania announced the addition of four new places to its list of the commonwealth's most endangered historic resources. The four sites were selected from nominations submitted by the public and will become Preservation Pennsylvania’s work priorities in 2018.
  • Former Pennsylvania Railroad Tipple, Clinton County
  • Mount Tabor AME Church, Cumberland County
  • Cooper House, Luzerne County
  • Elmer L. Meyers School, Luzerne County
2018 Pennsylvania At Risk CoverMEDIA: Click here for 2017 PA At Risk press release.
 
Click here to read or download the 2018 publication Pennsylvania At Risk offering further details about each site. (Preservation Pennsylvania members will receive a printed copy in the mail.) Listings include "Get Involved" actions to make a difference in your local community.
 
Preservation Pennsylvania offers individuals, communities and organizations free technical assistance to help prevent historic properties from reaching At Risk crisis status. 

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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.
 
 

FORMER PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD TIPPLE

78 Industrial Park Road, Renovo, Clinton County
 
THREAT: Physical Deterioration
 
The tipple was built by the Pennsylvania & Erie Railroad in the early 1800s, and used to stock steam locomotives with coal, sand and water. The three-story concrete structure dominates the three-acre segment of the railyard donated by the Clinton County Economic Partnership to be developed as a park. An important part of the Renovo area’s railroad history, the park is located on the northwest portion of the former rail yards, an area that was once completely covered by railroad tracks. With continuing demolition of the Renovo railroad yards and buildings, and the pending construction of a gas-fired power plant on this site, the tipple will be the only remaining evidence of the existence of the Pennsylvania Railroad shops. Physical deterioration is taking a toll on the structure, from cracked and crumbling concrete to rusted metal components that need to be repaired or replaced.
 

MOUNT TABOR AME CHURCH

Cedar Road, Mount Holly Springs, Cumberland County
 
THREAT: Physical Deterioration
 
To look at the weathered boards, the hole in the roof, the crack in the foundation – you’d think that no one cares for this abandoned church. No congregation has used the Mount Tabor AME Church since 1970. Yet, to a community of concerned stakeholders, this building represents the history of a once-thriving African American community founded by freed people escaping the south. To octogenarian Harriett Gumby, it is something more personal; family history that connects her to her grandfather, Elias Van Buren Parker. Parker, once an enslaved person, built the church around 1870 and is buried in the cemetery, along with fellow veterans who served in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War. As part of a project with the Greater Carlisle Heart & Soul Project, Harriett Gumby and her family brought to light a mostly undocumented history of the African American community in the area, for which the Mount Tabor AME Church and its cemetery is a vital link.
 
2018 PA At Risk Mount Tabor AME Church, Cumberland County 
 

COOPER HOUSE

200-202 West Third Street, Nescopeck, Luzerne County
 
THREAT: Demolition
 
In 1817, Christian Kunkle built a home using stone that was cut and dressed on Nescopeck Mountain and hauled by sledge to the site. Today, it is the oldest building in the area and a beloved local landmark. In the 1970s, local advocates convinced PennDOT to reroute a road project that might have demolished the house. Nescopeck Borough purchased the house with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding which now complicates a potential sale to the Nescopeck Area Historical & Genealogical Society.
 
2018 At Risk Cooper House

ELMER L. MEYERS SCHOOL

341 Carey Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County
 
THREAT: Demolition
 
From 2008 through 2012, Preservation Pennsylvania worked with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the United States Environmental Protection Agency on a program called, “Helping Johnny Walk to School: Sustaining Communities through Smart School Siting Policies.” This program encourages school districts to retain historic schools, to locate new ones in locations where a portion of students can walk or bike to school, and to use schools as a center of community activities beyond regular school hours.The Elmer L. Meyers High School, built in 1930, stands as a testament to the importance of continuing such programs. The school serves a diverse neighborhood, and is located in a central location that children can walk to. Based on feasibility studies that determined renovation costs were too high, the school will be demolished and replaced with a park. A new school will be constructed approximately four miles away. Wilkes-Barre Area Save Our Schools has been advocating for the school to remain in use or to become a community center. 
 
 

 



 
 
Will you help change the outcome for the 2018 Pennsylvania At RIsk sites? We invite you to make a contribution to help with the work we'll do throughout this year to help preserve these special places. Click the link below to make a donation of any amount using Paypal, American Express or any other credit card.
 
 

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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 jchain@preservationpa.org
 
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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