How do historic properties, listed on multiple National Registers, become abandoned neighborhood eyesores? Lawsuits were filed against the owners of two such buildings, the Chadwick and the Lodge apartments two years ago. While National Register placement does not provide any additional legal protection, building codes and ordinances can be utilized to help protect such properties. One must question how did these properties get into such a degraded state before any such legal action was taken. On April 11, 2011, the property owners of both buildings were handed lawsuits by city prosecutors for “allowing their historically designated properties to become public eyesores or community dangers.” (“Legally Preserving History,” Michael W. Hoskins,, 4/27/2011) How do such historically and architecturally significant buildings get to this point of abandonment, legal wars, and urban decay?