11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Joe Frazier’s Gym

Year Listed: 2012
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Threat: Insufficient Protection

Partners: Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, Temple University

Help Save Joe Frazier's Gym

Significance

Joe Frazier’s Gym
Photo by Ben Leech

Inside this modest, three-story brick building, Joe Frazier – a gold medal winner at the 1964 Olympics and later Heavyweight Champion of the World – trained for his victorious bout against Muhammad Ali. Today, the converted warehouse where Smokin’ Joe perfected his punch is home to a discount furniture store and two floors of vacant space. Despite growing interest in commemorating Frazier’s life (he died in 2011), the gym is unprotected; it enjoys no formal historic designation at the local or national level.

Winning historic designation at the local level for the building Frazier owned and operated will demonstrate the power of communities to protect the places that tell their diverse stories. Similarly, inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places will promote the value of diversity within this roster of our country’s most important historic resources.

Opportunity

Landmark the place where a sports legend trained.

Campaign Goals

      • Raise $10,000 to cover the administrative costs of nominating Joe Frazier Gym to both the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.
      • Develop a viable preservation plan for the property.
      • Identify a friendly buyer or developer to purchase the building.