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Jim Igoe Announces Most Endangered Historic Resources List for 2016

Seven Unique Properties listed Usen Castle, Waltham; Knox Automobile Factory, Springfield; Sea Captain’s Row in Hyannis; Cape Cod National Seashore, Truro; Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Worcester; Notre Dame des Canadiens Church in Worcester; and the Ladder Blocks Boston

Plymouth, MA – Preservation Massachusetts, the state’s historic preservation advocacy organization announced the 2016 Massachusetts Most Endangered Historical Resources List, consisting of seven properties including Usen Castle, Waltham; Knox Automobile Factory, Springfield, Sea Captain’s Row in Hyannis, Truro Cape Cod National Seashore, Our lady of Mount Carmel Church in Worcester, Notre Dame des Canadiens Church in Worcester and the Ladder Blocks Boston.

“Although not legally binding…,” says Jim Igoe, Executive Director for Preservation Massachusetts, “The Most Endangered Historic Resources Program has become an effective tool for preservationists to focus statewide attention on the condition of individual historic properties and their importance to communities.” Of the more than 140 historic sites designated as endangered since the list’s inception in 1993, less than twenty have been lost.

This year’s list was chosen by committee from nominations submitted by groups and individuals concerned with local preservation issues throughout the state. Submissions are judged by several criteria, including their historic significance, the extent of the threat and the community’s commitment to preserving the resource.

Founded in 1985, Preservation Massachusetts is the statewide non-profit organization that actively promotes the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes as a positive force for economic development and the retention of community character.

For more information on the Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources Program, visit or call 617-723-3383.


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