11 Most Endangered Historic Places

San José Church

Year Listed: 2013
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Threat: Deterioration

San José Church
Photo by Archdiocese of San Juan of Puerto Rico

Significance

Old San Juan's San José Church was built in 1532, a century before the Mayflower settlers established the first permanent colony in New England. One of the few surviving examples of 16th century Spanish Gothic architecture in the Western hemisphere, the building displays four centuries of architectural design and masonry traditions including the extraordinary Isabelline Gothic vaults, a rare Catalan architectural design.