An alumni group at the first degree-granting institution for African-Americans said members are “delighted” that the oldest building on the campus outside Philadelphia has been named one of America’s “most endangered” places.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private nonprofit, announced Wednesday that Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln University in Chester County is on its list of 11 endangered historic places.
In 2013, the university floated the idea of demolishing the building dating from 1865 to make way for a welcome center.
That led a group of alumni to form a preservation alliance, which has been lobbying to save the hall.
The group’s president, Carol Black, said the endangered designation gives America “an opportunity to help stabilize and preserve one of its most historically significant and physically threatened structures.”