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10 Historic Places That Were 'Saved' In 2013

01/01/2014 12:03 pm ET | Updated Jan 02, 2014

Every year, The National Trust for Historic Preservation highlights 10 places saved in the past year, as well 10 places that were unable to be saved from demolition or similar fates.

Here are 10 historic places that you'll still be able to visit in the years ahead thanks to preservationists.

  • Saenger Theatre, New Orleans
    Joseph A/NTFHP
    Built in 1927, this movie house was styled to resemble a 15th century Italian courtyard. It was reopened as a performing arts space in 1970 and hosted acts such as David Bowie, Bill Cosby and Johnny Carson. It was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina, but thanks to massive public and private support, it was reopened in October.
  • Fort Monroe, Hampton, Virginia
    Patrick McKay/NTFHP
    In December, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell authorized the preservation of the fort to help put historic buildings back to use and save the area from vandalization.
  • Jensen-Byrd, Spokane
    Terry Bain/NTFHP
    The former warehouse has stood abandoned for the past ten years, its fate not sealed. With the help of preservationists, its owner, Washington State University, will now turn the structure into a "gateway" building for the University District.
  • Terminal Island, Port of Los Angeles
    John Williams/NTFHP
    It was listed among the most endangered historic places in 2012, but now the port, which was a major shipbuilding center during both World Wars, seems to have avoided destruction.
  • Wrigley Field, Chicago
    Aaron Stoot/NTFHP
    The historic home of the Cubs will be preserved thanks to work by the Rickets family, among others.
  • Charleston Cruise Ship Terminal
    NTFHP
    The cruise industry has a major impact on the historic city. This fall, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to comply with the National Historic Preservation Act when it approved the permit for the new cruise terminal.
  • Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, New Mexico
    Adriel Heisey/NTFHP
    President Obama named this area a new national monument earlier in 2013. Among the others: The First State National Monuments in Delaware and Pennsylvania; the San Juan Islands National Monument, Washington; the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, Ohio; the monument commemorating Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in Maryland.;
  • Stamford Post Office, Connecticut
    Evan Kalish/NTFHP
    This past fall, a commercial real estate company purchased the post office with the intention of building a luxury apartment building. After much legal wrangling, a federal court ruled that the Postal Service did not comply with the National Environmental Policy Act. Preservationists are hopeful that more historic post offices will be saved in the future.
  • Peavey Plaza, Minneapolis
    Alexandria Easter/NTFHP
    Completed in 1975, the plaza is one of the few landscape architecture sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thought the City Council of Minneapolis voted to destroy it in 2012, preservationists fought the plan and succeeded. It will now be restored.
  • Upper Missouri River Breaks, Montana
    US Forest Service Northern Region
    A four-year legal battle came to an end in July, maintaining the preservation of the various historic and cultural sites within the area.
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