PHOENIX, Arizona – The Arizona Preservation Foundation is releasing its 2012 list of Arizona’s 25 most endangered historic places. Compiled by preservation professionals and historians, the list identifies critically endangered cultural resources of major historical significance to the state.
“Each of the places we have named is an important historic site, but unfortunately is in grave danger of collapse, demolition, or destruction,” said Jim McPherson, Arizona Preservation Foundation Board President. “As our Centennial year draws to a close – the perfect time to reflect on our state’s past, present, and future – it is crucial that residents, private interests, and government officials act now to save these elements of our cultural heritage before it is too late.”
New to the 2012 list are the Arizona State Park system, Broadway Boulevard (Tucson’s Sunshine Mile), Courthouse Plaza Miners’ Monument in Bisbee, David & Gladys Wright House in Phoenix, Gonzales Martinez House in Tempe, J. N. Denier Tenement House in Florence, and Mesa Citrus Growers Association Building.
Five buildings on previous lists were destroyed: the 1962 Valley National Bank “Gold Dome” branch was demolished in 2007 by Arizona State University, the 1913 Havasu Hotel in Seligman was demolished in 2008 by the BSNF Railway Company, the 1921-22 Mohave County Hospital was demolished in 2008 by the County, the 1939 Southern Pacific Railroad Depot in Casa Grande suffered significant damage from suspected arson in 2009, and the 1928 Eastman Cotton Gin was demolished by the Town of Buckeye in 2012.
On the positive side, six historic sites were removed from previous lists because significant progress was made to ensure their preservation: Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, Mesa Grande Platform Mound Ruins in Mesa, Old U.S. Highway 80 Bridge between Buckeye and Gila Bend, Second Pinal County Courthouse in Florence, and Valley National Bank (now Chase Bank) at 44th Street & Camelback Road in Phoenix.
Vince Murray, Arizona Historical Research, and Philip Reina, Reina Design Studio, co-chaired the Foundation’s initiative to investigate the status of each entry and determine what should be dropped off, what should remain and why, and what should be added.
The 2012 Most Endangered Historic Places List:
- Adamsville Ruins, Coolidge (Pinal County)
- Arizona State Parks (statewide)
- Basque Pelota Ball Court, Flagstaff (Coconino County)
- Broadway Boulevard, Tucson (Pima County)
- Buckhorn Baths, Mesa (Maricopa County)
- Camp Naco, Huachuca City (Cochise County)
- Courthouse Plaza Miners’ Monument, Bisbee (Cochise County)
- David & Gladys Wright House, Phoenix (Maricopa County)
- Empire-Cienega Ranch (Pima County)
- First Baptist Church, Phoenix (Maricopa County)
- Fisher Memorial Home, Casa Grande (Pinal County)
- Geronimo Station, Geronimo (Graham County)
- Glendale Tract Community Center, Glendale (Maricopa County)
- Gonzales Martinez House, Tempe (Maricopa County)
- J. N. Denier Tenement House, Florence (Pinal County)
- Maple Ash Neighborhood, Tempe (Maricopa County)
- Marist College, Tucson (Pima County)
- Meehan/Gaar House, Casa Grande (Pinal County)
- Mesa Citrus Growers Association Building, Mesa (Maricopa County)
- Mountain View Black Officers Club, Sierra Vista (Santa Cruz County)
- Peter T. Robertson Residence, Yuma (Yuma County)
- Sage Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Ganado (Apache County)
- San Ysidro Ranch Ruins, Yuma (Yuma County)
- Sun Mercantile Building, Phoenix (Maricopa County)
- White Gates House, Phoenix (Maricopa County)