The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 26, 2013

Preservation group releases at-risk list

Tom Lavis
tlavis@tribdem.com

JOHNSTOWN — Preservation Pennsylvania, a statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization, has released its annual Pennsylvania At Risk list.

These historic resources include houses, schools, churches, theaters and medical facilities, as well as a wide range of industrial properties.

The featured properties also include a bridge, a train station, a cemetery and an archaeological site.

The publication features 20 endangered resources that faced an imminent threat but survive as either rehabilitated historic properties or properties still in need of preservation.

The bulletin also lists sites in Cambria, Bedford and Blair counties that have been saved and removed from the at-risk list.

In Cambria County, the list includes the  Roxbury Bandshell (2005), Cambria Iron Works, Johnstown (1997) and Glosser Bros. Department Store (1994). Remaining at risk is Andrew Carnegie’s Braemar Cottage in Cresson.

In Bedford County, three sites saved are Koontz Koffee Pot, Bedford (2001); Dutch Corner Rural Historic District, Bedford Township (1998); and Bedford Springs Hotel, Bedford (1992).

In 1995, Lakemont Park’s Leap-the-Dips roller coaster in Altoona was saved.

About 18 percent of Pennsylvania’s At Risk properties have been lost, having been demolished or substantially altered. Another 32 percent have been saved or are in a condition or situation where the identified threat no longer poses a problem for the historic property. However, about 50 percent of the at-risk resources remain in danger.

For more information, visit www.preservationpa.org or contact Preservation Pennsylvania at 717-234-2310.

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