Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis. (Photo courtesy of National Trust for Historic Preservation)

Buildings that range from a 19th-Century Washington, D.C., hospital to a 1963 Minneapolis theatre are among the 11 most endangered places in the U.S., according to the latest annual list from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The list, released June 6, is the 15th annual compilation from the trust. The publicity has led to preservation of some of the structures on past years' lists.

      Buildings and other structures on the 2002 list include St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., a National Historic Landmark that opened in the 1850s, and which is the oldest large mental hospital that is government-operated. A decline in the number of patients has resulted in many vacant buildings at the 300-acre complex, and others needing repairs, the trust says.

More recent buildings on the list include the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, opened in 1963, and named for theatre company founder Sir Tyrone Guthrie. The trust says the Guthrie Theatre Company plans to build a new facility and the building's owner, the Walker Art Center, wants to demolish it.

Also listed as endangered is the Gold Dome Bank in Oklahoma City, which features a geodesic dome. The trust says Bank One, which owns the 44-year-old building, wants to tear it down and build a smaller bank and retail space.

The other buildings or places cited by the trust are:

  • Nationwide "teardowns" of older residences that are replaced by new "mini-mansions"
  • Rosenwald Schools in the South, built by the Rosenwald Fund for African Americans between 1912 and 1932
  • The Chesapeake Bay skipjacks, wooden vessels that ply the bay dredging for oysters
  • Pompey's Pillar in Yellowstone County, Wyo., where explorer William Clark carved his name in 1806
  • Hundreds of historic wood, iron-and-steel, and stone bridges constructed in Indiana between 1860 and 1930
  • Native American cultural and sacred sites in the Missouri River Valley
  • Kw'st'an sacred sites at Indian Pass in Imperial County, Calif., which include archeological sites and petroglyphs
  • The 1881 Hackensack Water Works in Oradell, N.J., closed in the 1990s 

  • St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Washington, D.C. (Photo courtesy of National Trust for Historic Preservation)
    Gold Dome Bank, Oklahoma City. (Photo courtesy of National Trust for Historic Preservation)