ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The arch has been added to a list of endangered world monuments. The “World Monuments Fund” is an organization dedicated to saving treasured places. They have added the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial to their list of current watch sites because they say it may be in danger of becoming neglected.
According to the organization’s website the icon of mid-century modernism could become a victim to current economic trends, an unusual shape, and decreased government funding for the stewardship of national monuments.
The World Monument Fund states, “Nationally and internationally, the Arch stands as a symbol of westward expansion in the United States and as an icon of mid-century modernism. But as is the case with many important examples of modern architecture, the preservation of twentieth-century materials and structural designs has proven challenging.”
The fund was started in 1965 and operates in over 90 countries. The group collects donations to fund document restoration. According to their website 85 percent of money donated goes directly to preservation projects.
All US monuments on the fund’s watch list:
- Chinati Foundation – Marfa, Texas, United States
- George Nakashima House, Studio, And Workshop – Bucks County, Pennsylvania, United States
- Henry Klumb House – San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States
- Jefferson National Expansion Memorial – St. Louis, Missouri, United States
- Taliesin – Spring Green, Wisconsin, United States
- The Cloisters And Palisades – New York and New Jersey, United States