Once a refuge for generations of U.S. veterans, Milwaukee's Soldiers Home (pictured on June 14) is now in shambles. Its many historic buildings are unused and on the verge of collapse, earning the site a place on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's 2011 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
The annual list highlights examples of U.S. architectural, cultural, and natural heritage at risk of destruction or irreparable damage. (See pictures of 2010's most endangered historic U.S. sites.)
"For nearly 25 years, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has spotlighted places that matter, places that help us understand who we are as a nation," Stephanie Meeks, trust president, said in a statement.
"While we hope the list galvanizes support for these 11 endangered places, we also hope it serves as a catalyst for communities everywhere to fight for the irreplaceable landmarks and landscapes that define our past—and enrich our present."
Ten of this year's endangered American places are presented here. The 11th is a collective category representing a multitude of sites that the trust says are threatened by cuts in historic-preservation budgets at the state level.