National Trust for Historic Preservation names National Mall Tidal Basin to 2019 List of 11 Most Endangered Historic Places
The National Trust for Historic Preservation today unveiled its 2019 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places, an annual list that spotlights important examples of our nation's architectural and cultural heritage that are at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. The list spotlights historic places across America that are threatened by neglect, insufficient funds, inappropriate development, or insensitive public policy.
The Trust for the National Mall is proud to announce that this year’s list includes the National Mall Tidal Basin. The millions of visitors who throng to "America's Front Yard" every year may not realize that the Tidal Basin is threatened by rising sea levels, unstable sea walls, and outdated infrastructure. It's estimated that as much as $500 million is needed to upgrade and maintain America's most visited national park.
Earlier this spring, the Tidal Basin was also named a National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Together, the Trust for the National Mall and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have teamed up to launch the National Mall Tidal Basin Ideas Lab. This 18-month initiative, presented by American Express, will call on architectural and structural engineering firms, a wide range of stakeholder groups, and the public at large to contribute to the development of a vision to preserve the Tidal Basin for the next 150 years.
Since the launch of the Tidal Basin Ideas Lab, over 26,000 people have signed the pledge to Save the Tidal Basin. Learn more here.