Ellis Island Hospital Complex, New York
Millions of immigrants passed through the hospital complex on Ellis Island, New York (pictured) between 1892 and 1954. But its buildings have stood largely idle or shuttered for decades.
Although the National Park Service stabilized the hospital structures ten years ago, millions of dollars are still needed to rehabilitate the interiors, according to the National Trust website.
According to Meeks, a site must meet three criteria to be considered for placement on the National Trust’s annual list.
“We look at the significance of the property, the urgency of the threat, and the possibility of a positive outcome,” Meeks said.
“Most of the nominations come from preservation organizations … but we’ll also take them from individuals and community groups,” she added.