This summer, Preservation50 held a nationwide photography contest to celebrate 50 years of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA). We would like to congratulate all the entrants for their beautiful and creative submissions! The contest recognizes images in the categories of Inspiring Place, Endangered Place, Underrepresented Place, and Cultural Landscape. The finalists in each category are featured on Preservation50’s website, and promoted by partner organizations, whose social media following numbers millions of Americans. The top 3 photos overall also won cash prizes of $750, $500, and $250 respectively. Congratulations to all the finalists for their excellent submissions!

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First Place: sofigali
The Miami Marine Stadium is an Inspiring Place. Anyone whose had the pleasure of visiting knows it is magical, from its skyline views to its ever-growing street art. Around since the 1960, the stadium was home to boat races but has been desolate since Hurricane Andrew hit 24 years ago. Now this Miami landmark is in the process of being restored with new art, new chairs and new uses. It’s important to preserve places like these so the wonder can live on for generations to come. #p50photo @preservation50

Second Place: juneybdesigns
9 east 3rd street, Russell Theatre, maysvilleky, This #beautiful #atmospheric #theatre in #maysville #kentucky closed as a theatre in 1983, fell into disrepair in the early 90’s after a storm damaged the roof, and the owner was going to make it a parking lot. Citizens came together and raised the money to purchase the building and have been working slowly to restore it ever since. It was placed on the #nationalregisterofhistoricplaces on March 31, 2006. Once known as the “Heart of Downtown Maysville” groups are working diligently to return this #beautiful #historic building to its original splendor. This photo creates the feeling of warmth and welcoming with a touch of #nostalgia that epitomizes what the Russell means to Maysville. #maysvilleky #russelltheatre #thisismaysville
Third Place: mafe74
#cityhallphiladelphia, #clocktower, #P50Photo Inspiring place, located at 1 Penn Square. City Hall Building in Philadelphia is the largest municipal building of United States. From 1894 to 1908 was the tallest habitable building in the world. This national historic landmark was founded by William Penn in 1681 but was designed and constructed 200 years later. It was topped with the bronze sculpture of William Penn by Alexander Milne Calder. City hall is one of the top 150 favorite pieces of American Architecture. This treasure of american architecture had an attempt to be demolished in the 1950’s.


Runner Up: thoughtandsight
On the blog today, how the ruins of an NYC skyscraper live on in an Indiana park. #p50photo for Inspiring Place. I love the creative preservation here!
Runner Up: alixgmartin
Hard to believe it was this sunny and beautiful this morning! #latergram #nofilter 44 StrawberyBanke Museum, Portsmouth, NH #NationalHistoricDistrict #P50Photo Most Inspiring Building/Site
Runner Up: caitlanryan
Today is the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act! The Kennecott Mine National Historic District in Wrangell-St. Elias NP&P is one of my favorite historic sites, ever since I spent a summer in Kennecott in 2010. I’m lucky to get to visit often- this photo is from the 4th of July of 2015! Kennecott is inspiring as federal, state, and the public have all worked together to preserve and interpret the story of Kennecott. This photo shows several of the historic buildings, including the Mill Building, and the Root Glacier beyond it! #Preservation50 #p50photo #thisplacematters


First Place: scoutingnebraska
Alan trying his hand at throwing an atlatl spear. Atlatls were used by Paleo-Indians to hunt the gigantic ancient bison (much larger than those we have today). Alan and I could have spent all day having spear throwing competitions. It is much more difficult than it looks! The skeletons of these bison as well as Paleo-Indian spear points have been discovered at Hudson-Meng.
Second Place: hillcountryhistory
To celebrate 50 years of the National Historic Preservation Act, this is Hill Country History’s submission in the Underrepresented Places category of the Preservation50 Photography Contest. This is Carnegie Auditorium, part of the Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Mississippi Industrial College was a historically black college founded in 1905 by the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church under the leadership of Elias Cottrell, a former slave who eventually rose to become the Bishop of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. At its height, Mississippi Industrial College had over 500 students, and educated several generations of African-Americans. The end of state-sponsored segregation resulted in the decline of the school, and M.I.C. closed in 1982. The buildings have been in serious decline for over 30 years. Rust College, another black college located across the street, has owned the buildings since 2008, and is attempting to preserve the remaining buildings. Carnegie Auditorium was built in 1923 in the Colonial Revival style, using funds from the Andrew Carnegie foundation. For many years it was the largest single structure built by and for African-Americans in the State of Mississippi. Carnegie Auditorium was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
Third Place: shitidoatwork
Slave Cabins – Evergreen Plantation, Near Wallace, Louisiana
Generally left to rot due to their vernacular nature and the association with an awful past, slave cabins have been an often-overlooked piece of history. Their preservation is important to our history and serve as a reminder of a past we should never return to.


Runner Up: eastof72nd
Midcentury architect is gaining importance in its contribution towards architectural history. However, it is still sorely underrepresented in the larger preservation community. This photo depicts the Lyman-Richey Sand and Gravel Company Headquarters, designed by Leo A Daly and completed in 1964. The precast panels are composed of coarse gravel. The building received a City Beautification plaque from the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce in 1964.

Runner Up: terrawheeler
Built in 1910 as an entertainment venue for African American audiences, the Howard Theater also played an integral role in developing and promoting Black talent. Underrepresented place. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, amended in 2008.

Runner Up: roberthunterceramics
Brafferton Indian School, built 1723, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA. Native American actors pose in front of historic building.


First Place: adamdemrick
Endangered Place Conway, South Carolina The Riverwalk.The historic Main Street Bridge (1937) and the Lower River Warehouse (1880) with fog rolling in off the Waccamaw River. The Lower River Warehouse has been unoccupied for many years and is subject to repetitive flooding, yet is the oldest building in the National Register Historic District along the Waccamaw River and is now in the middle of a redevelopment site.
Second Place: harleycowan
I made this picture earlier today up at Cloud Cap Inn. Built in 1889, it is fifty years older than Timberline Lodge, and sits at 6000 ft elevation on the northeast side of Mt. Hood, Oregon. An Endangered Place, it has survived extremes of weather for 127 years and narrowly escaped the Gnarl Ridge Burn of 2008, when flames came within about 60 ft of the building, and the Dollar Lake Burn of 2011. It is the 2nd oldest building of its type in the United States, oldest west of the Mississippi. The interior walls have guest signatures dating from the late 1800s. It has no representation in the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) in the Library of Congress, while its neighbor, Timberline Lodge, has over 150 large format photos in the archives. This Ilford Delta 100 4×5 negative was shot with a Sinar F2 view camera and developed in Kodak HC-110.
Third Place: vftsp
Wadley, AL – This is the old train depot that was built in 1907. It operated until 1964. It is one of only four surviving mission style train depots in AL. A ‘twin’ station sat in nearby Roanoke but it was destroyed by fire.


Runner Up:
Birdland NYC Jazz Club. Endangered. We’ve already lost two Birdlands that had nightly schedules chalked full of all the Jazz greats. Don’t let the last Birdland with a current incredible roster of performers die along with its legacy.

Runner Up: terrawheeler
The Triangle Lake Round Barn in Blachly, Oregon was built by a dairy farmer in the 1940s using concrete blocks and locally sourced timber. Last winter a major storm blew the cupola into the silo as well as removing parts of the roof. Picture was taken from the second floor hay mow. The owner has plans to bring it back to life but there is much work yet to be done!

Runner Up: gbenwillis
Industrial Trust Tower/Superman Building Providence, RI. Built 1925-28. The most iconic building in the Providence skyline, this tower currently sits empty and in limbo – there is excitement about a residential/mixed-use development solution from the owner, the downtown community, and several politicians, but no financing deal has yet been reached to move the project forward. It has previously been listed on the @pvdpreservation Most Endandered Properties list, but we hope it will soon be a model of successful preservation and downtown redevelopment. Architectural puddle jumping never gets old.

Runner Up: caitlanryan
The Iditarod National Historic Trail- seen here during the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race just north of Ophir, was listed this year as one of Alaska’s Ten Endangered Historic Properties. Designated to commemorate the last great American gold rush, it faces threats from a variety of modern day development. This trip was the most remote (and cold) I have ever been.

Runner Up: mark_ludak
Ellis Island, NY/NJ. Ellis Island is at risk of damage due to rising sea levels and storm surges resulting from global climate change. Much of Ellis Island was damaged by Hurricane Sandy three years ago. NYC skyline is seen in background.

Runner Up: hillcountryhistory
To celebrate 50 years of the National Historic Preservation Act, this is Hill Country History’s submission in the Endangered Place category of the #p50photo Photography Contest. This is what remains of the Ribbon Road, or Sidewalk Highway, of the original 1922 Route 66, located near Miami, Oklahoma. This section of the road is the only remaining 9 foot wide section of the original Route 66 pavement left on the entire Route. This portion of the road, which was taken out of service in 1937, is quickly vanishing under modern gravel, and will likely disappear completely, as a historic roadway, within the next few years. The entire Ribbon Road is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Runner Up: scoutingnebraska
Of course a trip across Nebraska would not be complete without a visit to our most famous landmark Chimney Rock. Weather has taken its toll on this Oregon Trail landmark and it continues to gradually shrink, but for now it still resembles the iconic rock described by the pioneers on their westward journey.


First Place: jessica.jbush2
Phillips County; Henry Smith Site; Northeast of Malta; Montana. Prehistoric rock circle exposed after a prescribed burn that was done to expose culture features for mapping by a drone.
Second Place:
Cultural Landscape designed to show well, a battlefield of terrorism and the strength of the US to overcome.
Third Place: jlcarp81
Very fortunate to visit many of Texas’s special places for work! @indianlodge at @davismountainssp is a definite highlight. West Texas’s rugged, scrubby landscape and towering mountains are complemented by southwestern-inspired @nationalparkservice “parkitecture,” brought to life by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. An amazingly beautiful, breathtaking spot for nature lovers and architecture geeks alike.
NPS Architects J. B. Roberts, Olin Smith, Arthur Fehr, William C. Caldwell, and landscape architect Roy S. Ferguson | CCC Companies 879 and 881.


Runner Up: scoutingnebraska
A couple of weeks ago Alan, Ollie and I went on a week long road trip across Nebraska. We’ve been calling it our Great Nebraska Adventure. Who knew a trip across my own home state which most people consider flyover country would be one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken. This shot is from Toadstool Park near Crawford, Nebraska in the far Northwest corner of the state. It looks nothing like the cornfields I grew up seeing along I-80.

Runner Up: prosers
Journey through hallowed ground. House of worship becomes key in battle of Antietam. #jthg #anti1862nps @preservation50 #findyourpark #p50photo #culturallandscape #Antietam

Runner Up: alixgmartin
Field school folks making progress! #archaeology @strawberybankemuseumPenhallow House, Portsmouth NH #P50Photo Cultural Landscapes.

Runner Up: ralucalouwho
Oak Hill Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Washington DC. It’s picturesque planning in the romantic style, gives it a feeling of gothic romance. It’s one of my favorite places for an autumn stroll in DC.

Runner Up: vftsp
Point Park, Lookout Mountain, TN.. Lookout Mtn was where the Last Battle of the Cherokees took place. #p50photo #nhpa #historicplaces #pointpark