Mt. Zion Cemetery/Female Union Band Cemetery and Alexander Crummell School Top List of 2012 Most Endangered Places in Washington

The DC Preservation League (DCPL), Washington’s only citywide non-profit organization promoting the preservation and enhancement of the District’s historic and built environment, released its annual list of Most Endangered Places in Washington for 2012.

This list, issued annually since 1996, is selected by the Board of Trustees of the DC Preservation League from nominations submitted by concerned individuals and organizations across the city. These sites are selected based on the severity of the threats to the buildings and landscapes in question, whether through demolition, neglect, or inappropriate alteration. The list can include buildings, parks or other landscaped areas, as well as vistas and other aspects of the city’s unique planned history. All Most Endangered Places listed are located in the District of Columbia.

The sites on the 2012 list of Most Endangered Places in Washington are: Bond Bread Factory, 2146 Georgia Avenue, NW; Alexander Crummell School, 1900 Gallaudet, NE; Mount Zion Cemetery/Female Union Band Cemetery, 27th and Q Streets, NW; Old Thai Embassy, 2300 Kalorama Road, NW; Washington Canoe Club, 3700 Water Street, NW; Watchman’s Lodge and Tower, Donaldson Place, NW.

Detailed descriptions of each site and the threats can be found by clicking here.

Several sites were deemed “saved” and removed from the Most Endangered List in 2012. These include the DC War Memorial, Battleground National Cemetery, the Howard Theatre and Engine Company 6.

The DC Preservation League invites volunteers, civic associations, the DC government, the federal government, and other groups to partner with DCPL in preserving and protecting these endangered places. For more information, contact the DC Preservation League at 202-783-5144 or

Photographs of sites available by request.