Historic Conservation Easements

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Thaddeus Fischer House, Portland

Thaddeus Fischer House, Portland

Hotel Julian, Corvallis

Hotel Julian, Corvallis

New Market South Annex, Portland

New Market South Annex, Portland

Jacksonville RR Depot, Jacksonville

Jacksonville RR Depot, Jacksonville

George Rogers Residence, Lake Oswego

George Rogers Residence, Lake Oswego

Historic Conservation Easements

The only way to ensure that a historic property is permanently protected against demolition and neglect by future owners is through a conservation easement, also known as a preservation easement. National Register listing – while an important designation with many benefits – does not guarantee against demolition, neglect, or loss of historic integrity.

Since 1981, Restore Oregon has accepted historic conservation easements from building owners across Oregon. Recognized nationally, Restore Oregon’s easement program currently protects 41 historic properties, from the Gwin House in Jacksonville to the Wells Fargo Building in Portland.

What is a Preservation Easement?

A preservation easement is a legally binding agreement to protect a historic property from activities that may harm the property’s integrity, including neglect, demolition, and insensitive alterations. A preservation easement allows the owner of a historic property to retain title and use of the property and, at the same time, ensure its long-term preservation.

For more information, download this overview or easement application.

Property currently protected by an easement may download change request instructions and a change request application form.

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