A state historic preservation organization has named the “Hopper Landscape” as one of the top 10 most endangered resources for 2007.

A state historic preservation organization named the “Hopper Landscape” as one of the top 10 most endangered resources for 2007 this week.

Preservation Massachusetts, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Massachusetts’ historical and cultural heritage, released its annual list last week with the land in Truro listed as an imperiled historic site. 

The acreage overlooking Cape Cod Bay includes Edward Hopper's home, and the American artist spent summers painting here.

“The quiet beauty of the land is threatened by a proposed 6,500-square-foot mansion that would be built next door to Hopper’s former home, and sit on the property’s highest ridge,” the organization said in a news release last week. 

“At a time when so many beautiful and significant vistas and landscapes are being lost to trophy homes, the Edward Hopper home and landscape stand out as one of the most significant anywhere in the United States,” said Jim Igoe, president of Preservation Massachusetts. “Listing this property on the 10 most endangered list underlines the local, state and national importance of this landscape and a well respected artist's home.” 

More than 300 people signed a petition last month urging the Cape Cod Commission to review the project as one part of a movement to stop development in the area. Donald and Andrea Kline have plans to construct the home on a 9-acre parcel of land they own that sits on the Hopper Landscape. 

In addition, there is also the possibility that a small home on the Hopper Landscape will also be developed. A recent land court ruling has made it possible that a 3.5-acre portion of the landscape may also be built upon. 

For the past 15 years, local conservationists have tried to preserve as much of the Hopper Landscape as possible. Truro Conservation Trust owns several parcels within the area, but the rising cost of land has put open-space purchases out of the reach of the town and conservation groups. 

This is the 14th year that Preservation Massachusetts has released the list. The organization finds that the top 10 list is an effective tool to preserve historic treasures in the state. Of the more than 100 historic sites designated as endangered since the list’s inception in 1993, fewer than a dozen have been lost. 

The list is derived from nominations submitted by preservation-minded groups and individuals throughout the state. Submissions are judged by several criteria, including their historic significance, the extent of the threat and the community’s commitment to preserving the resource. 

Most Endangered Historic Resources
1. Tremont Nail Factory, Wareham
2. University of Massachusetts campus, Amherst
3. Dainty Dot Hosiery building, Boston
4. The Jensen Homestead, Granville
5. Castle Hill Farm, Northbridge
6. Bentley-Gallo Property, Princeton
7. Old First Church, Springfield
8. Strathmore Mill, Turners Falls
9. The Hopper Landscape, Truro
10. Isaac Crocker Homestead, Marstons Mills, Barnstable
- Source, www.preservationmass.org

-- The Cape Codder