The National Trust for Historic Preservation is out with its annual list of sites it says have had a unique contribution to America, but are being threatened.
Here are a few:
- Houston’s Astrodome was the world’s first domed, indoor, air-conditioned stadium. The Astros moved in in 2000, but now the Dome could be headed for demolition
- The Worldport terminal at JFK Airport symbolized America’s entry into the jet age when it was built in 1960. It, too, could be demolished
- The James River, where America’s first permanent English settlement was built, is now threatened by a proposed transmission line project
- The Gay Head Lighthouse was the first built on Martha’s Vineyard, but erosion could send it toppling over the cliff
- In Arizona, the MountianView Black Officers’ Club was the first military club built specifically for African-American officers. The Army has slated it for demolition.