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2012 Most Endangered List
of Historic Resources

Historic resources create a distinct sense of place and a sense of well-being. Preservation of them contributes to our quality of life aesthetically, emotionally, and has even been shown to affect our health positively. Amazingly though, with study after study proving these significant attributes, many of our region's historic buildings and sites still become threatened or lost. By increasing public awareness and encouraging action to save our heritage, SOHO has successfully reduced the number of major losses and SOHO's Most Endangered List, now in its 25th year, plays a vital role in bringing much-needed public attention to imminently threatened buildings and places.

If you follow the Most Endangered List, you know that the number of sites shrinks or swells depending on the year. SOHO's Preservation Action Committee works hard to weigh each threatened site and make decisions of which to highlight that will be most productive.

It is always heartening to be able celebrate significant victories by removing sites from the list, while no building or site removed from last year's list has been lost they still remain under watchful eye; those are the Henry B. Jones House at Scripps Mercy Hospital, the Top's Nightclub & Fat City Steakhouse building on Harbor Drive, and the Golden Hill Fountain Grotto in Balboa Park. Placement on the 2011 Most Endangered List brought valuable attention to the individual plights of these important resources, and SOHO will continue to monitor their situations and advocate for their preservation.

The variety of historic sites on the 2012 Most Endangered List helps to illustrate the rich and diverse history of the San Diego region, from the Mexican Land Grant Period of the 1700s through the heydays of the twentieth-century cross-border tourism industry and Tijuana's popular Caliente Racetrack. As a society, we need meaningful places like these telling the unique and inspiring stories that bind us together with a sense of shared humanity. SOHO's job is to make sure our historically important buildings and sites survive in great part so that San Diego's story, our story, can be told completely, without significant gaps. We need your help to be successful. If you are not a member, join today, if you are a member, get a friend to join. Our historic places matter, together we can save San Diego's endangered sites.

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