The Interior Department has added five properties to the government's list of National Historic Landmarks, including a three-story row house in Baltimore where journalist H.L. Mencken lived for most of his life. The home is scheduled to become a city museum.
The department added the Joseph Reynolds House in Bristol, R.I., the oldest known three-story structure in Rhode Island and possibly the earliest wooden structure of its kind in New England. It also added three buildings in Pennsylvania associated with the Whiskey Rebellion of 1794.
In addition, the department has proposed two new U.S. nominations to the World Heritage List of cultural and natural properties considered to be of "outstanding universal value to mankind."
The department cited the Statue of Liberty because it is "a unique artistic achievement and an outstanding example of a type of structure which illustrates a significant stage in history." It also has proposed Yosemite National Park in California, as "an outstanding example of significant geological processes and biological evolution" and because it "contains superlative natural phenomena, formations and areas of exceptional natural beauty."
The Federal Interagency Panel for World Heritage will meet in November and decide whether to submit the nominations formally to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The list, which is recognized by 69 countries, now includes 136 properties.