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Author winterkjm
#196 | Posted: 27 Feb 2016 17:46 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Ancestral Sites of the Diné (Navajo Nation)
- Mixed Nomination, Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly (additional sites could be considered)

Historic Center: Newport (Rhode Island)
- Early/Mid 18th Century British Colonial City (100ha)
- 6 National Historic Landmarks contribute to the Historic District

Coso Rock Art District (California)
- Largest known concentration of petroglyphs in the western hemisphere
- Location is enclosed within an active Naval Base

Carrizo Plain National Monument (California)
- Mixed Nomination, largest single native grassland remaining in California, important archeological sites of the Chumash (Painted Rock)
- Former candidate for inclusion on US Tentative List, dropped bid after local opposition and fear of land rights, sovereignty, and land use.

Bodie Historic Disctrict (California)
- Wild West Boomtown, gold mining
- Bodie is preserved in a state of arrested decay (problematic for UNESCO?)

Missions of the American Southwest (California, Arizona, New Mexico)
- Spanish Missions from the 17th - 19th centuries
- Some of the California Missions have expressed interest
- San Xavier del bac was a Former Tentative site

Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park (California)
- Location of the Giant Forest, by mass the largest trees in the world.
- Preserve a landscape that still resembles the southern Sierra Nevada before Euro-American settlement.
- Former Tentative site.

Mojave and Colorado Deserts (California)
- Extreme altitude range (86 below to 3,368 meters above sea level) results in large ecological diversity.
- Potential to become largest linked desert habitat anywhere in the world.
- Death Valley and Joshua Tree were former Tentative nominations.

Miami Art Deco District (Florida)
- Largest concentration of 1920s and 1930s resort architecture in the United States.
- City planning and layout developed rapidly, resulting in an extraordinary architectural consistency.

Exploration of Potential Candidates for the US Tentative List Update Part

Sinagua Cultural Landscape (Arizona)
- No representation on WHL of Mogollon, Hohokam, or Singua cultures in Arizona.
- Sinagua sites represent some of the most diverse and exceptional remains within the Southwest.

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument (Arizona)
- Shares a border with the inscribed El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve.
- In regards to management and importance as a wildlife corridor an extension to El Pinacate is logical.

Greene & Greene: The Gamble House (California)
- Unfortunately, interior photography is NOT allowed. The interior is exceptional.
- The Gamble House is the pinnacle of the Greene & Greene designs, yet inclusion of several other Greene properties within walking distance might be appropriate.

Camino Real de Tierra Adentro: Santa Fe (New Mexico)
- Obvious extension of the Camino Real beginning in Mexico City in connection with the national historical trail managed by the national park service.
- Sante Fe is known as the oldest state capital in the United States, founded in 1610. Properties include: Santa Fe Plaza, Palace of the Governor's, Barrio De Analco Historic District, San Miguel Chapel (oldest church in the US)

Author winterkjm
#197 | Posted: 28 Feb 2016 12:03 
They fixed my links! The NPS and several other expert bodies are meeting this Spring to narrow down the list of candidates based on gap analysis, thematic focus, and viable candidates. I made my last effort yesterday emailing in suggestions with links. I would be ecstatic to find any of these sites included on the updated US Tentative List. Besides the nominations above, I included sites I had never visited:

1.) Chicago School: Architecture (IL)
2.) Denali National Park (AK)
3.) Historic Center: Charleston (SC)
4.) Historic Center: Savannah (SC)

Transnational Nominations (Canada/Mexico)

1.) Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area (MI)
2.) Klondike Gold Rush (AK)
3.) First Peoples Buffalo Jump (Extension) (MT)

c. Late Spring 2016: DOI will identify a small group of sites (natural, cultural, and mixed heritage) that appear to have the best prospects for nomination, based on the clarity of potential "Outstanding Universal Value," (OUV), integrity, management, number of property owners, support of elected officials, and other suitability and feasibility considerations. The Working Group will continue to advise DOI on an ad-hoc basis.

Author winterkjm
#198 | Posted: 13 Mar 2016 22:33 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Great news today for desert explorers. Anza Borrego Desert State Park is actively seeking world heritage status. While I hope this nomination is expanded to include the entire Colorado and Mojave Deserts, I would certainly welcome any exceptional portion of this desert in their pursuit of world heritage status.

Quotes from the Anza Borrego Foundation
"The fact that Anza Borrego's justification is based on natural, cultural, and paleontogical bases will help make its candidacy a strong one."

"A discussion was initiated by stakeholders here in the Borrego Valley, and the consensus was that the strongest argument for becoming a world heritage site would be to focus on the fact that the Borrego Valley hosts the only active Rift Valley in North America."

"It was agreed, in rough terms, that the unique stories of paleontology and geology are the best themes to pursue as per the world heritage nomination criteria."

Author Durian
#199 | Posted: 14 Mar 2016 21:29 
Plans to designate El Paso Missions as "World Heritage" site te

Author winterkjm
#200 | Posted: 15 Mar 2016 01:15 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Plans to designate El Paso Missions as "World Heritage" site

Essentially, this means the Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (extension) in the US is being evaluated/considered. The El Paso sites are an important stop along the way to Santa Fe.

So far, I like what I am hearing. I am also excited to see two of my proposals/suggestions to the NPS are part of the conversation for inclusion on the updated US Tentative List. Furthermore, they have backers that are pushing for the nomination.

Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (Texas/New Mexico)
Mojave and Colorado Deserts (California)

Author KSTraveler
#201 | Posted: 7 Jun 2016 18:44 
Great work Winterkjm, interesting to see all of the potential candidates.

I received an email from the NPS in 2013 with a list of candidates

Have more potential candidates been added since then? Who did you contact/who would be a good contact to find the current comprehensive list of potential candidates?

Author winterkjm
#202 | Posted: 11 Jun 2016 18:35 | Edited by: winterkjm 
I know there is not a huge amount of Americans following/visiting this site, however, I thought it may be worth posting about a special funding opportunity. Its called VOTE YOUR PARK and it includes several WHS in the United States. Vote daily to help your favorite NPS get more funding and get a chance to win a trip to Yellowstone National Park.

If you have a US address you can vote! Amongst the top five vote earners, four are WHS. San Antonio Missions, San Juan National Historic Site, and the Everglades are trailing! Click on each NPS to read about how the funding grant would be used.

Author winterkjm
#203 | Posted: 12 Jun 2016 00:53 
Moravian Bethlehem is a real possibility for the updated tentative list. -20160611-story.html

Author KSTraveler
#204 | Posted: 5 Jul 2016 18:21 | Edited by: KSTraveler cluded-in-world-heritage-site-nomination

Looks like a Civil Rights Serial nomination is in the works for the new tentative list

Author winterkjm
#205 | Posted: 6 Jul 2016 07:15 
This nomination just got a lot more broad concerning the Civil Rights movement. Now 6 states and Washington DC! Seems like a logical choice to move beyond a singular focus on MLK. Seems like this will be an updated version of the original nomination to be officially included on the 2016 US Tentative list update.

Bethel Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Topeka, Kansas
Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, Montgomery, Alabama
Foster Auditorium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Frank M. Johnson Jr. Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, Montgomery, Alabama
The Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.
International Civil Rights Center & Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, Atlanta, Georgia
Medgar Evers House, Jackson, Mississippi
National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, Memphis, Tennessee
16th Street Baptist Church, Birmingham, Alabama
Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, Tuskegee, Alabama
West Hunter Street Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia

Author winterkjm
#206 | Posted: 15 Jul 2016 14:04 | Edited by: winterkjm 
I don't understand how OUV cannot be argued for Taliesin and Taliesin West. They are accredited architecture schools!

This is from the Taliesin Preservation website.

FAQ - Did anyone famous study under Frank Lloyd Wright?

After Wright moved to Taliesin, he continued to employ draughtsmen:

Richard Neutra, an Austrian who studied under the famous European Modernist architect Adolf Loos, worked in California after his time at Taliesin with another Austrian architect,
Rudolph Schindler, whose most well known building in California is probably the Lovell Beach House. Schindler designed over 300 buildings in his 4-decade career.
Kameki and Nobu Tsuchiura were a Japanese husband and wife team who worked as draftsmen for Wright around the time of the second fire at Taliesin. After leaving Wright, they returned to Tokyo, Japan, and continued work for the next five decades.
Vladimir Karfik lived at Taliesin for a year in the late 1920s before returning to the Czech Republic where he became an active architect and lecturer

In 1932, Mr. and Mrs. Wright began the Taliesin Fellowship. It has been estimated that about 1,200 people have been in the Fellowship in the years since. Some of the best known architects and artists to have been in the Fellowship are:

- Alden B. Dow, Michigan architect, for which he was named Architect Laureate.
- Arthur Dyson, gold-medal winning architect from the Society of American Registered Architects and former Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
- E. Fay Jones, gold-medal winning architect from the American Institute of Architects. Designer of renowned Thorncrown Chapel.
- John Lautner, unique designer of many structures, including the Malin, or "Chemosphere" Residence.

Author winterkjm
#207 | Posted: 19 Jul 2016 12:28 | Edited by: winterkjm 
The Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright

With the long contentious debate at the WHC, the National Park Service (NPS) will be planning serious discussions on the future of this nomination. Will they keep the 10 serial properties and focus on the comparative analysis and justification for OUV? Will any stakeholders voluntarily drop out of the nomination, or will the NPS recommend a more slim nomination? Could a more thematic approach be considered where the serial properties could change with additional properties and dropped ones equally. ICOMOS was fairly critical of the nomination, but interesting ideas came up.

1) a narrowed nomination to 3-4 properties

2) a split nomination, or 2 separate dossiers (for example Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as a single nomination)

I would like to explore the later. I think this nomination as it stands could be split into 2 nominations, one focused on private homes and the other focused on public spaces. Would this satisfy ICOMOS? I am not sure, but an argument could be more readily made how each building connects or contributes to a style, idea, or form.

Nomination 1 (additional properties could be considered, it could also be slimed down)
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Frederick C. Robie House
Hollyhock House
Honeycomb House
Herbert and Katherine Jacobs House
Taliesin West

Nomination 2 (additional properties could be considered, it could also be slimed down)
Unity Temple
S. C. Johnson & Son, Administration Building and Research Tower
Price Tower
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Marin County Civic Center
Beth Sholom Synagogue
Unitarian Meeting House

Seventeen Buildings Honored by the American Institute of Architects

NPS Special Study on Frank Lloyd Wright
- There are now 27 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings designated as National Historic Landmarks
- Nearly 30 additional FLW designs have been identified for potential designation in the future.

Recent Nominations of FLW for National Historic Landmark status

Author winterkjm
#208 | Posted: 25 Aug 2016 23:04 | Edited by: winterkjm 
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument may very well quadruple in size this week if President Obama uses the Antiquities Act (like many suspect) to expand the monument. Would the US have to add a boundary modification nomination to expand the WHS boundaries? Or can this be approved without another nomination?

By the way, the size of this national monument (if Obama signs the expansion) will be slightly smaller than Mongolia! Off course a huge percentage of the protected area is water, but the size will be stunningly large!

UPDATE: Official - President Obama will expand the monument this Friday. aii/

Author Solivagant
#209 | Posted: 26 Aug 2016 02:39 | Edited by: Solivagant 
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument may very well quadruple in size

Interesting to note that neither of these articles (one of which is from the National Geographic of whom one might have expected better) mentions that Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site!! I can't imagine similar articles about similar events at similar locations in any other country in the world not mentioning the site's status in this respect.

It would appear that the judgement is that this fact is either unimportant and/or of no interest to the likely readers of the articles -(or might even upset/annoy some of them??!!) "Twice the size of Texas", "Biggest in the World", the history of the Antiquities Act - all "important" but "UNESCO inscribed"? Forget it!! It certainly doesn't convey any impression that the US "as a whole" is proud of the inscription

Author winterkjm
#210 | Posted: 26 Aug 2016 04:07 | Edited by: winterkjm 
A couple of the articles mentioned the UNESCO World Heritage status, but you are absolutely right its generally ignored in most articles, mostly due to the largely unknown nature of UNESCO in the US. The National Park Service is the gold standard, not UNESCO (though the San Antonio Missions are really promoting their inscription well!). Being either a National Park or National Monument is generally something people might value or know about.

I am not even sure how many Americans know Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument exists? Let alone UNESCO! By the way Cahokia Mounds State Historic Park, already a WHS since 1982, is recently reported to be pursuing National Historic Park or National Monument status. Apparently the UNESCO label is not doing a whole lot. al-monument/ f-papahanaumokuakea-marine-monument-makes-it-the-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area /#.V7_30j4rK-U -off-hawaii-creating-worlds-largest-reserve/89377556/

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