Every summer, Jessica Feldt summons residents, community leaders, historians, and preservation professionals and requests nominations for Endangered Maryland, the list of the state’s most jeopardized historic and cultural treasures.
Now in its sixth year, Endangered Maryland is a partnership between Preservation Maryland (the state's oldest historic-preservation organization) and Maryland Life. Since its debut, 64 properties have made the list. To date, only one—the Carver Heights USO/Community Center—has been lost.
“I am continually amazed by the dedication of those working to save these irreplaceable sites,” says Feldt, education and outreach director for Preservation Maryland.
“While 64 may seem like a lot, there are many more sites in need of attention. And while we do have repeat nominators, I am pleased that, each year, new nominators come forward to share the story of a site dear to them.”
While not every nominated site* can be named to the list, all nominees receive feedback about their applications and are offered counseling by Preservation Maryland, the Maryland Historical Trust, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, or historical societies about fundraising, tax credits, and means of rallying community support.
*Sometimes a site’s nominator and owner disagree about its historical significance or even the appropriateness of deeming it “endangered.” As in years past, Maryland Life and Preservation Maryland have done their best to represent the views of all parties. If the owners of a particular site aren’t quoted in this article, it’s because they declined to comment.
The 2012 Endangered Maryland Sites
Bostwick House—Prince George's County
Cider Barrel—Montgomery County
Covington Store—Kent County
Dameron House—St. Mary's County
Dielman Inn—Carroll County
Maryland Watermen—Multiple counties
The Pest House—Baltimore County
Potomac House—Washington County
Silver Spring Baptist Church—Montgomery County
WestSide Superblock—Baltimore City