Tennessee Preservation Trust

Nomination Deadline Extended For 2016 List Of Tennessee’s Most Endangered Historic Places

Posted: 07/21/2016

NASHVILLE—July 21st, 2016—The Tennessee Preservation Trust (TPT) has extended its deadline for nominations for its annual Ten in Tenn list of most threatened historic sites across the state until August 19th, 2016.

The nonprofit group has advocated for historic preservation in Tennessee since 1982—first as the Tennessee Heritage Alliance and since 1999 as the Tennessee Preservation Trust—and is the only statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP).

Over the past three plus decades, TPT has partnered with Tennessee’s strongest preservation-minded non-profits as well as has helped smaller communities create strong local preservation organizations to save some of the state’s most important historic places.

The Ten in Tenn Endangered List has been TPT’s strongest advocacy tool for preservation. The campaign highlights ten historic properties considered most threatened by demolition, disaster or more often neglect to raise awareness of the properties’ historic value, give credibility to restoration efforts, and draw the much needed attention of the public.

Since the annual advocacy program began in 2001, over half the properties listed have been saved including the recent saves of the Bonnie Kate Theater in Elizabethton listed last year, the Moye Green Boarding House in Portland listed in 2013, and the Model Mill in Johnson City listed in 2014.

Listed properties benefit from continued TPT advocacy efforts and some have received local and state funding for restoration including grants from the Tennessee Historical Commission and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

As a statewide program, TPT encourages and accepts nominations from all nine development districts across the state, with a particular aim to bring awareness to historic site’s across Tennessee that lack a local preservation voice.

The trust is looking for architecturally and/or historically significant buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes that are in need of immediate action to stop or reverse serious threats to the site’s integrity.

Criteria for nominating a property parallel that of national standards set by the group’s nationwide non-profit partner, the NTHP.

To nominate a property, interested applicants can either complete the online application form, or download a copy of the nomination form and submit their materials by mail to PO BOX 24373, Nashville, TN 37202 or email to programs@preservetn.org. Both are available via TPT’s website here.

TPT’s Ten in Tenn most endangered list will be announced later this fall at the Franklin Masonic Hall in Franklin, Tenn.