This week the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 22nd annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. The list includes one site in Massachusetts: the Ames Shovel Shops in Easton. As The National Trust reports on www.preservationnation.org:
Since 1988, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has used this list as a powerful alarm to raise awareness of the serious threats facing the nation’s greatest treasures. It has become one of the most effective tools in the fight to save the country’s irreplaceable architectural, cultural and natural heritage.
The Ames Shovel Shop complex is an eight-acre site comprised of 15 granite and wood buildings dating from 1852 through 1928 (source: www.preservationnation.org). The Town of Easton is in the process of reviewing a Comprehensive Permit application for development of housing as well as warehouse and commercial space on the site.
The Ames Shovel Shop complex is one of nine Massachusetts places to be included on the 11 Most Endangered list since its inception - the list has featured the H.H. Richardson House in Brookline, Minute Man National Historic Park, and Walden Pond & Woods in Concord, among others.
The Friends of Ames Shovel Works, a group including preservationists, architects, and an Ames family member, proposed an alternative plan of development to the Zoning Board of Appeals in February, as Wicked Local Easton described on February 10th. The Town's consideration of the Comprehensive Permit application is pending.