The Eleven Most Enhanced and Eleven Most Endangered Lists
The National Trust for Historic Preservation compiled its first list of America's Eleven Most Endangered Places in 1988. A call to action, the tally was designed to demonstrate the diversity of the nation's imperiled historic resources and to identify the variety of threats that plague them. In 1992, Landmarks Association decided to follow the Trust's lead, but limit our eleven examples to properties located in St. Louis City, and occaisionally in surrounding communities.
In 1996, Landmarks inaugurated a ceremony honoring the city's Eleven Most Enhanced Places. Designed to balance the yearly endangered roll call, most of our enhanced awards have gone to outstanding rehabilitation projects. A few, however, have recognized notable additions to historic buildings and/or new buildings that respected but did not mimic an historic context. All of them have been a boon to the local economy. With costs ranging from $500,000 to $36 million, the eleven projects from 2007 contributed a total of $129,400,000. The cumulative figure since 1998 when we started keeping close tabs is well over two BILLION dollars!