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Preservation Oklahoma, Inc. (POK) announced the 2016 list of Oklahoma’s Most Endangered Historic Places at the Fire Alarm Building in Tulsa on Tuesday, April 5. Since 1993, Preservation Oklahoma has recognized historic sites across the state at risk of demolition or deterioration, raising awareness of the need to protect Oklahoma’s historic resources. While inclusion on the list does not guarantee protection or funding, it can be a key component in mobilizing support for the preservation of historic sites.
“The Endangered Historic Places List is an effort to raise awareness about historic sites and preservation issues, but has also been a powerful mechanism for saving significant buildings,” says Executive Director David Pettyjohn. “We hope that sites on this year’s list will benefit from the attention garnered, and that Oklahomans will benefit from learning about the diverse pieces of our state’s history represented.”
This list was selected by a group of preservation professionals from nominations submitted by the public. An exhibit of the 2016 List will travel to numerous locations across the state in an effort to continue the discussion about the need to preserve these historic buildings. The event was generously sponsored by the Cherokee Nation and the Tulsa Foundation for Architecture. The traveling exhibit was generously funded by the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the Cherokee Nation.
A press release on the list can be located here.