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Ascending to New Heights

Katie Rathmell has a Master’s degree in marine science and was working for Oregon Health Sciences University when she decided to switch to historic preservation as a career. 
She first became interested in historic preservation when she bought a historic house in California that she called “a fixer upper” which she restored. Katie attended Clatsup […]

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Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour Recap

Despite changeable weather, about 600 visitors attended the 2016 Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour on Saturday, May 14. The events began on Friday evening with an education program at the Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church in Irvington. The program included plenty of opportunities for laughter as the mid-century vision of the future was […]

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Welcome Dan Everhart our new Preservation Programs Manager

Restore Oregon is pleased to announce that Dan Everhart has joined our team as Preservation Programs Manager after the departure of Brandon Spencer-Hartle who has gone on to become the Preservation Planner for the City of Portland. With a wealth of experience as both a non-profit volunteer and a preservation professional in Idaho, Dan is […]

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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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The House That Verne Built: Mid-Century Modern DIY

  We had been working with Verne Olson, of Parkrose, and his wife to include their house on the upcoming Mid Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour when his health took a turn for the worse several months ago. We were saddened to learn this week that Verne has passed away. Verne (with family and friends) designed and built their family home in 1962. […]

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The Hotel Julian Apartments – A DeMuro Award Winning Project

On November 13, 2015 Restore Oregon presented the DeMuro Awards to seven extraordinary historic rehabilitation projects. The award is named in honor of Art DeMuro whose redevelopment of historic properties such as the White Stag Block set the standard for quality, creativity, persistence, and business acumen. This is the fourth in our series of posts about […]

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Moving Houses

Seeing a house moving down the street is always a spectacle. You just don’t see that every day. And you might even think that it’s only made possible by new technology and heavy equipment. But houses have been moving from place to place for quite some time as evidenced by this 1908 photo of a […]

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Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow

On May 14th Restore Oregon will present the Mid-Century Modern House of Tomorrow Tour. The tour focuses on the mid-century, but the “House of Tomorrow” premise has been with us since at least the early 1900’s. The many World’s Fairs and Expos over the decades have presented conceptual homes featuring innovative materials, construction systems, and fittings […]

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Portland Could Soon Require Deconstruction

“It makes no sense for us to recycle newsprint and bottles and aluminum cans while we’re throwing away entire buildings or even entire neighborhoods,” – Richard Moe, past president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The Portland Mercury recently published an article about the steps Portland is taking to require homes that are 100 years or […]

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The Erickson Fritz Apartments – A DeMuro Award Winning Project

On November 13, 2015 Restore Oregon presented the DeMuro Awards to seven extraordinary historic rehabilitation projects. The award is named in honor of Art DeMuro whose redevelopment of historic properties such as the White Stag Block set the standard for quality, creativity, persistence, and business acumen. This is the third in our series of posts about […]

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