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Indiana Landmarks today announced its 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy.

"Our mission is to save meaningful places, and this is a list of ten important places in greatest danger of being lost," says Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks, a nonprofit preservation organization. "All of these places are full of memories and meaning and revitalization potential."

The sites that achieve 10 Most Endangered status are significant and irreplaceable—and often challenging to save. "These landmarks preserve connections to our shared heritage and restoring them can spur broader revitalization," Davis adds. Indiana Landmarks uses the Most Endangered list to bring attention to the imperiled sites and find solutions that will ensure their preservation.

Since the first 10 Most Endangered list in 1991, Indiana Landmarks counts only 12 losses among 92 historic places in severe jeopardy that have appeared on the list. The 2013 10 Most Endangered list includes seven new entries and three landmarks making repeat appearances (see addendum for more details).

New on the list:
•       Anderson Athletic Park Pool, Anderson
•       Bowen House in Delphi, overlooking Deer Creek
•       Brookview-Irvington Park Historic District and State Boulevard, Fort Wayne
•       Eagle Cotton Mill, Madison
•       Flanner House Homes Historic District and Phillips Temple, Indianapolis
•       Kingsbury Ordnance Plant Employment Office, Kingsbury
•       Walkerton Church, Walkerton

Repeating from 2012 list:
•       Harmony Way Bridge, between New Harmony and White County, Illinois
•       Old Clarksville Site, Clarksville
•       The Pantheon Theatre, Vincennes

The prospects of seven places on the 2012 Most Endangered list improved enough that Indiana Landmarks removed the critical label:
•       House of Tomorrow, Beverly Shores (listed in 2012) has a shot at restoration with an agreement in the works between Indiana Landmarks and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
•       Jeffersonville Masonic Hall (listed in 2012) remains in limbo pending resolution of legal and insurance issues, but the city supports saving the landmark.
•       Sylvan Springs, Rome City (listed in 2011) found a buyer for a portion of the site who will restore the historic dairy barn as a winery and reception venue. The remainder of the historic buildings still needs a preservation-friendly buyer.
•       Taggart Memorial, Riverside Park, Indianapolis (listed in 2011) has new roof, thanks to a task force that raised the money and is working in partnership with IndyParks to pursue more improvements
•       Tyson Auditorium, Versailles (listed in 2011) was purchased by locals who banded together and formed a nonprofit to operate the facility
•       Wilkinson House, Muncie (listed in 2012) found a buyer who is restoring it
•       American House, Centerville (listed in 2012) was purchased by preservation-friendly buyers

Harmony Way Bridge between New Harmony and White County, Illinois (repeat entry) The Harmony Way Bridge leads from the historic town of New Harmony across the Wabash River to Illinois. It's a 1930 iron toll bridge with a friendly human gatekeeper—or rather it was, until it was shut down. Declared unsafe, the National Register-listed bridge closed last May. Since then, business and tourism in New Harmony have declined. The White County Bridge Commission doesn't have the money for repair, and neither Illinois nor Indiana will accept responsibility for the span. Closed after it first appeared on the 10 Most Endangered list last year, Harmony Way Bridge is even more threatened in 2013.

The Pantheon, Vincennes (repeat entry)
Built in 1921, the Pantheon hosted national stars, Broadway shows, and local productions in a space full of ornamental plaster and painted details. The Renaissance Revival-style theater on Main Street closed in 1961, and today interior views might be classified as "ruin porn." The property went to tax sale last fall.
Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtown's. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservationist.

For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or click here.

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