2012 Maine’s Most Endangered Historic Resources
Saco, Maine. Today, Maine Preservation announced its 15th Maine’s Most Endangered Historic Resources List at a press conference at City Hall.
Maine’s Most Endangered Historic Resources List began in 1996 for the purpose of identifying and raising public awareness of the breadth and interest in preserving endangered and threatened historic properties and materials. Maine Preservation is a statewide, nonprofit, membership organization that provides for sound stewardship of historic places to enhance the vitality of Maine’s communities.
“As documented in the 2006 Brookings report commissioned by GrowSmart Maine, Charting Maine’s Future, the historic buildings and the attractive craftsmanship of their parts are major assets for Maine’s communities,” said Greg Paxton, executive director of Maine Preservation. “Preservation of these built resources is a leading catalyst for community revitalization, economic development and continued quality of life for the citizens of Maine’s towns and cities. While historic preservation has done relatively well in the recent challenged economy, our current austerity reminds us that wise management and use of our existing resources form a firm foundation for future prosperity, as this list illustrates.”
Listings this year highlight history itself in the digital age; original building materials; Wood Island Life Saving Station in Kittery; Timber Point Cottage in Biddeford; surplus schools in Buxton and Hollis; the Haines Building in Waterville; Lincoln Street Center in Rockland; historic freight sheds, such as those in Brunswick and Bath; and many in-town public facilities, such as the library in South Berwick and the town hall of Gray.
New to the list in 2012 (click each title for more information):
- ORIGINAL BUILDING MATERIALS – Statewide
(for the full text of the 2012 Most Endangered Historic Resources announcement, click here)