11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Urban Houses of Worship
Year Listed: 2003
Location: *United States
Threat: Deterioration, Neglect
Religious buildings can be sensitively adapted for other uses, whether for cultural facilities, community centers, commercial space, residential use or other. The National Trust and Partners for Sacred Places are working together to show models for reusing houses of worship after their religious use is discontinued. The National Trust conducted a national search for examples of closed religious properties that have been successfully reused. As communities take proactive steps to encourage and protect sacred places, these case studies are intended to help community leaders to advocate for alternatives to demolition and inappropriate reuses.