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2015 Heritage Barn Workshop

September 26

| $45.00

four up 2Restore Oregon’s September Heritage Barn Workshop will teach participants about barn styles and types, introduce basic concepts of barn documentation, and demonstrate the types of tools used to build (and restore) historic barns. The workshop will be held  in the Portland area in 2015.

Whether you’re a barn owner, a preservation professional, or just an admirer of rural heritage, this workshop will provide the basics of what it takes to document and preserve Oregon’s historic barns.

Saturday, September 26
Portland Area



Last year’s workshop presentations included a history of the Hanley Farm, visual presentations about barn types and construction methods, information about Southern Oregon’s agricultural history, best practice guides for rehabilitating and funding historic barns, and field sessions on documenting and assessing barn features. The keynote presentation by David Rogers of Logs & Timbers, Inc., taught participants how timber frame barns were constructed and there were  opportunities to practice hewing a timber with your own hands! Additional speakers included Dawna Curler, George Kramer, Joy Sears, and members of the Heritage Barn Taskforce.

The Hanley Farm Barn in Jacksonville will play host to the 2014 Heritage Barn Workshop.

The Hanley Farm Barn

The workshop venue, the Hanley Farm Barn, was built of hand-hewn timber frame construction in about 1854. Impressive twelve inch sills support the main barn and mortise and tenon joinery, pinned with wood, exists throughout. Only about a dozen barns across Oregon predate the Hanley barn and it is the oldest barn in Southern Oregon.

Tickets: $35 for Restore Oregon; $45 non-members (includes lunch, snacks, and all necessary materials; non-refundable).

Additional Information: Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, sign a liability waiver, and inform Restore Oregon staff if they will be arriving late due to travel arrangements. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request to those experiencing financial hardship.




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Dear ________,

Our historic downtown is the cultural and economic core of the community and members of our downtown business association and city government are working hard to bring the district back to life.  But the cost of much-needed building restoration, code compliance, and seismic retrofitting remains financially out of reach in many cases.

[insert personal comments or an example of a needy building here. ie ] is an example.

We urge you to support and advocate for The Revitalize Main Street Act (SB 565) as a modest, cost-effective investment that will help revitalize our downtown and pay dividends for decades to come in the form of new jobs, income and property taxes, cultural heritage and tourism, business incubation, seismic safety, and the reuse of existing infrastructure.

The Revitalize Main Street Act creates a state Historic Rehabilitation Fund to provide a 25% rebate for the certified rehabilitation of historic commercial buildings – stores, hotels, theaters, apartments, factories, mills, etc.  It would be funded by the public auction of state income tax credits (similar to the Oregon Film Production Credit) at a capped amount of $12M per year.  The money stays here in Oregon and we end up with long term, tangible assets.

An economic impact study conducted by EcoNorthwest states that Oregon would be economically better off with this incentive.  In 2018 with a state investment of just $10.6M we would see:

  • 4X more buildings restored than without the state incentive.
  • 1,369 jobs per year generating income of $25.5M.
  • $2.3M net increase in property taxes per year to pay for schools and services.
  • $13.3M new federal Historic Tax Credit dollars invested in Oregon per year.
  • $35.8M net annual increase in direct development spending.

Historic rehabilitation incentives have been proven effective in 35 other states as a targeted means to attract private investment and capture more federal tax credit dollars. This is particularly important in smaller towns.

It’s time for the state to invest in Oregon’s Main Streets and pass the Revitalize Main Street Act in 2015.




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