A Call for Nominations: Maine's Most Endangered Historic Places

  • July 21, 2021

Dear Friends & Colleagues, 

First, I would like to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of Maine Preservation, following the retirement of Greg Paxton in June. While Maine Preservation is always here to help you, today I am writing to seek your input for our 2021 Most Endangered Historic Places list. 

Maine Preservation started this annual list in 1996 to focus attention on historic places which are substantially threatened and whose continued existence is at risk. These could be places in danger of demolition, neglect, abandonment, ill-advised alterations, or otherwise adverse irreversible damage. Our final list is published to our website and in various media outlets to boost positive community efforts around these shared heritage places. 

We would like to highlight a variety of properties and places which represent a diversity of community stakeholders, geographical locations, periods of significance, typologies, and uses. To be eligible, a nominated property must be:  

  • Located in Maine 
  • At least 50 years old 
  • Significant historically and/or architecturally  
  • Substantially threatened; without intervention the continued existence of the place is at risk 
  • Savable; there is potential to eliminate the threat and to rehabilitate/re-use the property 
  • (Preferred but NOT required): Supported by a local group advocating for the future of the place that can partner with Maine Preservation  

By compiling the Most Endangered Historic Places list, we can bring awareness to these resources before they are lost to the future.  

We are a small staff and cannot know about all that is endangered in our beloved state. We need your eyes, ears, and experience to help bring attention to the endangered historic places that are important in our communities.  

Nominating an endangered place is easy. Navigate to https://www.mainepreservation.org/most-endangered and click on the green tab titled “Nomination Form.” Nominations are due by August 1, 2021. The Maine Preservation staff and Board of Trustees will review the nominations and gather input from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. The final list will be announced in the fall. 

If you have any questions or need help with research, please do not hesitate to contact our Summer Fellow, Heather Hendrickson, at heather@mainepreservation.org.  

We look forward to receiving your nominations and hearing more about the important work you are doing to preserve and promote Maine’s rich history!   

Tara Kelly
Executive Director
Maine Preservation
P.O. Box 488
Yarmouth, ME 04096




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Tara Kelly

P.O. Box 488
Yarmouth   ME  04096