Ellis Island Hospital Complex, New York
Photograph courtesy Clara Daly
Although the National Park Service stabilized the hospital structures ten years ago, millions of dollars are still needed to rehabilitate the interiors, according to the National Trust website.
According to Meeks, a site must meet three criteria to be considered for placement on the National Trust's annual list.
"We look at the significance of the property, the urgency of the threat, and the possibility of a positive outcome," Meeks said.
"Most of the nominations come from preservation organizations ... but we'll also take them from individuals and community groups," she added.
(Also see "Pictures: New U.S. Historic Landmarks Named.")
Bridges of Yosemite Valley, California
Photograph courtesy Jim M. Goldstein
Stoneman Bridge is one of three bridges built in 1928 and 1932 that span the Merced River. Today the structures are being considered for removal as part of a comprehensive management plan by the National Park Service.
"A Merced River Management Plan should protect the river while preserving its iconic and historic bridges," according to the National Trust.
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Princeton Battlefield, New Jersey
Photograph courtesy Jon Roemer
A portion of the site now faces significant threats, however, including a 15-unit housing development for faculty of the nearby Institute for Advanced Study.
"As proposed, the project would radically alter the integrity of a rare, intact battlefield," according to the National Trust website.
Princeton Battlefield was nominated three years in a row before it was chosen for placement on the National Trust list, Meeks added.
"It finally broke through this year ... because this housing development that is the threat is getting closer to being a reality," she said.
(See "Coal Firms to Strip-Mine Historic Battlefield?")
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