11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Governors Island

Year Listed: 1998
Location: New York
Threat: Development


This 175-acre island boasts a rich collection of historic structures, including a house once occupied by colonial governors, 18th- and 19th-century fortifications, and numerous picturesque houses whose shady porches and lawns create a village atmosphere in the midst of a metropolis. In 1997, the U.S. Coast Guard closed what was America's oldest continuously-occupied military post and the idyllic enclave faced an uncertain future. The federal government had the capability to convey the island to the City or State if an acceptable re-use plan was developed, but both entities were slow to accept responsibility.