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State Legislation Aimed at Offsetting Seismic Retrofit Costs

With mandatory upgrades proposed, will it be enough to avoid demolition of historic buildings on a massive scale?   Seismic retrofitting for Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs) is mandated in earthquake-prone cities from San Francisco to Tokyo.  In Oregon, it is not – but that may soon change.  With the dire predictions of the Cascadia quake [...]
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DeMuro Award Profile: Masonic Lodge (c. 1910) – Burns, Oregon

Tucked away in rural Harney County, Burns sits far outside of Oregon’s busy I-5 corridor. Such out-of-the way locations often have difficulty attracting investment to their historic downtowns. But Burns has one resource other small towns don’t have: the Keady family. Jennifer and Forrest Keady moved to Burns with an ambitious plan in mind: to [...]
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Living in a Portland Historic District: FAQ

Restore Oregon has released an updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) handout to address recent statewide rules changes affecting the state’s historic places. This informational overview focuses on new National Register Historic Districts in Portland which are designated after January 2017. It highlights several questions including the following: Can properties in new historic districts be demolished? […]

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Internal Conversions: A Sensitive Solution

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recently conducted a study to assess the architectural and structural feasibility of internally converting historic homes into two or more dwelling units. Internal conversion is when a home that has previously been used for a single family is divided into multiple apartment units or studios allowing […]

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Local Artist Portrays Endangered Places

Restore Oregon is thrilled to announce a partnership with local artist and conservator Kate Powell. Over the course of the last several months, Kate has created stunning watercolor paintings of several of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places. These evocative and colorful pieces will be auctioned at the Restoration Celebration on Friday, November 11 at the Sentinel […]

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Providing the Tools for Preservation

The enduring popularity and charm of older buildings means Restore Oregon receives hundreds of calls from all types of Oregonians. Individuals, local agencies, and organizations call every day requesting help to preserve historic properties, heritage barns, shuttered theaters, decommissioned schools, and just about anything else that can be considered a historic place. To better serve […]

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Preservation President?

Besides being an election year, 2016 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the National Historic Preservation Act by then President Lyndon B. Johnson.  In this election cycle, many important, and some not so important, issues have come up, but very little has been said about Historic Preservation.  Of course we’re not surprised, our […]

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Guide to Requesting Delay Extensions for Proposed Residential Demolitions

In April 2015, the City of Portland adopted new rules governing demolitions in the city’s single-family residential zones. These rules allow the public to request an additional delay period for the purpose of saving significant houses from demolition. Because the process can be confusing, a citizen guide has been created to provide step-by-step instructions for individuals and organizations […]

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