11 Most Endangered Historic Places
The Old Mint
Year Listed: 1994
Location: San Francisco, California
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect, Poor Public Policy
Thanks to abundant gold and Comstock silver, the San Francisco landmark fondly known as the "Granite Lady" was once the busiest mint in the United States. One of the last government buildings constructed in the Greek Revival style, the Old Mint, completed in 1874 is also the city's oldest stone building. When mint operations were moved to a new facility in 1933, the building housed office space and a popular museum.