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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

9 U.S. Cultural Sites On Endangered List

-- Every two years the World Monuments Fund lists the most important cultural sites around the world that are threatened in some way. Released on Tuesday, the newest list includes 93 sites, including Machu Picchu, the ancient Incan ruins in Peru, and a historic elementary school in New Orleans in an area damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The Phillis Wheatley Elementary School, built in 1954, was considered an architectural masterpiece. But since the hurricane it has been closed and damaged by vandalism.

There are nine U.S. sites on the list, including a Wisconsin home that architect Frank Lloyd Wright lived in and the ancient pueblo houses in Taos, New Mexico.

These sites and others, the Monuments Fund says, are endangered because of development, tourism and even natural disasters.

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