The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, July 12, 2014


Coltrane House, Chicago Hospital Called Endangered
An old sign is shown at the first Chinese herb shop in China Alley in Hanford, Calif. China Alley, a Chinese neighborhood in this small, rural town, once bustled with a temple, herb shops and gambling dens. Now what once was one of the biggest Chinatown's between San Francisco and Los Angeles has been named one of America's 11 most endangered historic places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka.

By Brett Zongker,Associated Press

WASHINGTON, D.C (AP).- Jazz musician John Coltrane's home on Long Island, N.Y., a cloverleaf-shaped Chicago hospital building and a Pillsbury plant in Minneapolis that once was the world's most advanced flour mill are among America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Wednesday also made the unusual move of listing an entire city — Charleston, S.C. — on "watch status." The group says expanding cruise ship tourism could harm the city's historic character.

Specific sites in Alabama, California, Minnesota, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia and Wisconsin also made the list, including a historic Chinatown called China Alley in California's San Joaquin Valley that began when immigrants arrived in 1877. There are no local historic preservation officials to enforce laws protecting such sites, according to the National Trust.

The final listing this year is devoted to historic sites imperiled by state actions as legislatures across the country consider cuts to preservation funding. Michigan eliminated historic preservation tax credits, and Texas has considered deep cuts with one proposal to eliminate its state historic preservation agency.

Funding is the biggest threat affecting all 50 states because so many are facing budget deficits and a sputtering economy, said National Trust President Stephanie Meeks. Congress was among the first to cut historic preservation funding by eliminating the Save America's Treasures grant program in the 2011 budget.

"I think it does send a message that preservation is something that's nice to have, not something that's essential to have," Meeks told The Associated Press. "Of course, we take a different view."

In Charleston on Monday, residents and environmental groups sued Carnival Cruise Lines, alleging that the company's vessels are a public nuisance. They said cruises mean more noise, pollution and congestion, among other complaints.

Charleston's issues are "complex and somewhat unique," Meeks said, though the national group does not have plans to join the lawsuit. She said Charleston was nominated for the list by a local group.

The National Trust wanted to "strike a balanced note between recognizing the great work that Charleston has done in preservation over the last several decades, while also signaling our concern about the growing impacts of the cruise ship industry in that port," Meeks said.

Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. called the designation unfortunate.

"What we have here with the cruise business is very modest and in perfect scale. We manage tourism carefully in Charleston, and the cruise industry amounts to less than 4 percent of our tourism," he said.

Cruises have about 200,000 passengers a year among the city's 4.5 million visitors, he said.

The mayor said he felt the trust was getting pressure from "the same tiny, radical fringe" in Charleston that has sued over the cruise industry.

The cruise controversy over the impact of cruises has been brewing for months, ever since Carnival last year permanently based its 2,056-passenger liner Fantasy in Charleston creating a year-round cruise industry.

In Chicago, the uniquely shaped Prentice Women's Hospital is perhaps the list's most endangered site, Meeks said. Northwestern University, which owns the building, has said it plans to raze the building later this year. Preservationists argue the building is a prime candidate for reuse and is one of Chicago's most distinctive designs from the 1970s.

"What we hope for through the '11 Most' listing ... is to engender a dialogue locally about what's important about this place," Meeks said. "Sometimes that place is a building, like Prentice Women's Hospital, and sometimes that place is a state or a city."

In Minneapolis, the Pillsbury "A'' Mill Complex stands vacant. The trust said the National Historic Landmark is in danger of piecemeal development that could strip it of its potential for reuse and rehabilitation.

Coltrane's home in Dix Hills, N.Y., where he wrote "A Love Supreme," has deteriorated due to a lack of funds, the trust said. A local group hopes to restore the site as an education center but needs additional support.

Other endangered sites on the National Trust list are:

— Bear Butte, Meade County, S.D. — This 4,426-foot mountain is sacred ground for many Native American tribes but is threatened by proposed wind and oil energy development.

— Belmead-on-the-James, Powhatan County, Va. — This little-known landmark of African-American heritage was once a slave plantation that was transformed into schools for black and Native American students. The buildings closed in the 1970s and now need emergency repairs.

— Fort Gaines, Dauphin Island, Ala. — This fortress that played a pivotal role in the Civil War Battle of Mobile Bay is threatened as the shoreline erodes as much as 50 feet per year.

— Greater Chaco Landscape, N.M. — The site includes hundreds of Native American archaeological and cultural sites across 1,000 miles but is in jeopardy due to increased oil and gas exploration.

— Isaac Manchester Farm, Avella, Pa. — Coal mining threatens this colonial-era farm that has been home to eight generations of one family.

— National Soldiers Home Historic District, Milwaukee, Wis. — Deferred maintenance has left some historic buildings on this campus on in danger of collapse.

___

Associated Press Writer Bruce Smith in Charleston, S.C., contributed to this report.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.



Today's News

June 18, 2011

Dazzling Display by the Greatest Viennese Artists Opens at the National Gallery of Victoria

Sotheby's Three-Part Single-Owner Evill/Frost Sale Closes with Final Total of $69,343,051

The Guggenheim Acquires Three Seminal Works by Artist, Philosopher, and Poet Lee Ufan.

World's Top Fair for Modern and Contemporary Art Suggests Boom Times Are Back

National Gallery of Canada Unveils Rare Exhibition Caravaggio and His Followers in Rome

Matthew H. Robb Assumes Role as Associate Curator of Ancient American and Native American Art

Debbie Reynolds Auctions Off Hollywood Treasures Tomorrow at Profiles in History

Montreal Museum Develops the First International Exhibition Devoted to Jean Paul Gaultier

Museum for Photography in Berlin Presents Important German Photographer Abisag Tüllmann

DC Moore Gallery Celebrates the Life and Work of George Tooker in Exhibition

Coming to the United Kingdom: A Half-Mile Long Woman's Body by Architect Charles Jencks

2011 Pittsburgh Biennial Presents Nine Contemporary Artists with Strong Ties to City

Park Service Says Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania to Be 'Healing'

Imaginary Visions of the Land on the Nile from the Biedermeier Era at the Liechtenstein Museum

Coltrane House, Chicago Hospital Called Endangered

Maryland Hometown Honors Abolitionist Frederick Douglass After Years of Debate

Georgia Museum Dishes the History of Vidalia Onions

Malcolm S. Forbes Collection Highlights $1+ Million Auction at Heritage

A 1,500 Year Old Public Building Dating to the Byzantine Period was Revealed in Excavations

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Conservation treatment, research and touristic-education program surrounding the Ghent Altarpiece

2.- Exhibition offers an opportunity to discover the wide-ranging materials used to create colour in paintings

3.- Amsterdam revolts against United States architect Daniel Libeskind Holocaust memorial

4.- Claude Monet 'Water Lilies' painting sells for $54 million at Sotheby's in London

5.- Spain's Queen Letizia opens "El Greco and modern painting" exhibition at The Prado

6.- Hopper's Nighthawks tops the list for Art Everywhere US: Largest outdoor art show ever

7.- Rijksmuseum opens exhibition of fourteen monumental sculptures by Alexander Calder

8.- Association of Art Museum Directors sanctions Delaware Art Museum for sale of work of art

9.- Whitney concludes Uptown exhibition programming with Jeff Koons: A Retrospective

10.- Live art by top international artists steals the show at 45th edition of Art Basel fair



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site