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Most Endangered Makes Boston Globe North Article

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Historic buildings across the state face challenges. This organization is sounding the alarm on them

-Jennifer Fenn Lefferts

February 8, 2019

The 2018 Most Endangered Historic Resources list included (l-r) the GAR Hall in Lynn, Echo Bridge railings in Newton/Needham and the Attleboro Switch Tower.

When Wendy Joseph takes visitors inside the Grand Army of the Republic building in Lynn, she closely watches their expressions as they enter the main hall.

And the reaction is always the same.

“They lose their minds over the grandeur of it,’’ she said. “It’s so impressive. You’re breathing history in there. They say, ‘Are we in Lynn?’ "

The General Frederick W. Lander Post 5 G.A.R. building, erected in 1885 to support a fraternal organization of Civil War union veterans and their families, is one of 11 structures on the 2018 Massachusetts Most Endangered Historic Resources List.

The list is published every other year by Preservation Massachusetts, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to saving the Commonwealth’