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A Ticking Clock

One of Pietro Belluschi’s landmarks faces demolition in downtown Salem. Despite its listing in the National Register of Historic Places, Pietro Belluschi’s First National Bank of Salem building will likely be demolished by September 6th. Constructed in 1946, the building’s design follows a mid-career trend in the work of Oregon’s foremost modernist and features the […]

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Wooden Jewel Box on the Southern Coast

Placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, and named one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places that same year, the 1896 Lindberg House in Port Orford is a stunning example of the Queen Anne style and shingle-siding craftsmanship. The house was designed and built by John Peter Lindberg between 1892 and 1896, and […]

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Old Salty, A DeMuro Award Winning Project

Preservation isn’t just about big, grand places and seven-figure budgets.  Sometimes the best opportunities are the smaller, humbler, covered-in-moss plywood gems tucked into the community fabric. Melody and Brian Emerick were visiting Seaside when they passed an abandoned beach cottage that was up for sale as a tear-down.  Being snoopy people (as most preservationists are) […]

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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 Clatsop […]

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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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