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Silas Beeks Pioneer House Tour and Picnic

July 19, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Beeks House_HistoricBeeks House_WikipediaRestore Oregon members and friends are invited on a rare opportunity to tour one of the state’s oldest houses amidst its restoration back into a private residence. The long neglected c.1848 Silas Beeks House was on the brink of being sold to a demolition-oriented buyer two years ago when an anonymous preservationist stepped up to purchase the historic house and design a vision for its restoration. Now, at the early stages of the rehabilitation process, the Gothic Revival farmhouse provides a unique opportunity to see inside the skeleton of a pioneer-era property.

Whether you own a historic house, love above-ground archaeology, or just want to tour something unique, members are invited to spend an evening with the Beeks House on July 19 from 6pm to 8pm.

  • Local food and beverages will be served.

  • The entire grounds—inside and out—of the property will be open for self-guided exploration.

  • Local experts will be on hand to answer questions and share history about the house.

BeeksWheelAll participants will be required to wear closed-toe shoes, sign a liability waiver upon arrival, and—if you’d like to sit over dinner—to bring your own lawn chair.

The house is located 30 minutes west of Portland in Forest Grove and is not accessible for those with mobility limitations.

Additional details and specific directions to the house will be provided to participants.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Tickets are sold out! If you are interested in being on our waitlist, please email us at info@restoreoregon.org with the subject “Beeks House”


July 19, 2014
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Beeks Pioneer House
Verboort, OR 97116
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3 Responses to Silas Beeks Pioneer House Tour and Picnic

  1. shirley evers June 18, 2014 at 9:29 pm #

    Hello again
    I have not hear from anyone by phone. who was going to contact me about 3 months ago.
    Please call me at 503 357 9720.
    thank you !

    • Denise Bartelt June 19, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      Hi Shirley,

      I’m so sorry, please remind me what your inquiry was about and someone will get back to you.



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Cut and paste this letter and add your personal comments. In addition to your Representative and Senator, send a copy to info@restoreoregon.org and to the Senate Finance Committee: anna.grimes@state.or.us



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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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cc: Senate Finance Committee: anna.grimes@state.or.us ;  Restore Oregon: info@restoreoregon.org