Thursday, July 14, 2011

U.S. to propose Poverty Point, Frank Lloyd Wright buildings for World Heritage nomination

14 July 2011 -

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the U.S. will propose Poverty Point and eleven buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as the next nominations to the World Heritage List.
The nominations will be submitted to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee, the body that makes the final decisions on World Heritage nominations, in 2013. If approved, the sites will be inscribed to the World Heritage list in 2014.
Poverty Point is a prehistoric site in northeastern Louisiana comprising a network of earthwork constructions. Built between 3,100 and 3,700 years ago, it is among the largest permanent hunter-gatherer settlements in the world.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is widely considered one of the most influential architects of all time. Of the 400 completed buildings he designed, 11 from across the country have been selected as superb representations of Wright's vision of an "organic architecture", a notion that has had a profound impact on the craft.
The next step in nominating these two sites will be for the Department of the Interior to collaborate with a Federal Interagency Panel on World Heritage to finalize the decision. The first drafts of the nominations should be completed by next spring.

The information from this post was taken from a press release by the National Park Service's Office of Communications, posted on the InsideNPS website for NPS employees.


  1. There cannot be 2 cultural sites from one state party inscribed in the same year. Perhaps the Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings and the Poverty Point nomination files will be submitted together in 2013 to Unesco for inscription in 2014 and 2015 respectively. What ever happened to the Petrified Forest National Park and San Antonio Missions nomination? Both seemed strong early candidates, and the Petrified Forest as a natural site can be inscribed the same year as one of the proposed US cultural sites?

    Preferably the US Nominations should look something like this.

    - San Antonio Missions (Cultural)
    - Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings (Cultural)
    - Petrified Forest National Park (Natural)
    - Poverty Point (Cultural)
    - Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks and Serpent Mound (Cultural)
    - White Sands National Monument (Natural)

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