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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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Medford Elks Building

  Medford Elks Building The building was constructed in 1915 for the Benevolent Order of Elks No. 1168 in downtown Meford and has been in continuous ownership by the Elks since then. The Survey of Historic and Cultural Resources Downtown Survey in 1994-95 quotes the National Register Nomination describing the Elks Lodge “as the most […]

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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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Main Concourse of old Penn Station 1962

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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Oregon Caves Chateau

Oregon Caves Chateau

The Oregon Caves Historic District The Oregon Caves Historic District is a complex of significant rustic buildings built between 1922 and 1942 to accommodate guests and operations at the Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve. While the buildings retain their character and unique integrity, and guest amenities are comfortable and inviting,  the historic district needs a strong […]

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Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation