Moulton House

The Biggest Step Forward for Oregon’s Historic Places in 20 Years

For the last 22 years, there has been virtually no meaningful statewide protection of historic resources in Oregon. That may now change. Restore Oregon and a committee of preservationists convened by the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) have proposed new rules establishing an important baseline of protection for historic places in Oregon.  This […]

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Portland City Council Responds to RIP Testimony; Continued Advocacy Needed in 2017

Responding to growing support for house preservation in Portland’s older neighborhoods, the City Council on Wednesday voted to significantly amend the much-discussed Residential Infill Project. Although the Council largely supported the concepts presented by the City’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, a series of amendments were adopted to “make it more attractive to preserve the […]

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Built 1906 - Demolished 12/2015

Show Your Support for Portland’s Historic Resources

Restore Oregon is calling on our friends in the historic preservation community to demonstrate a strong showing of support for curbing demolitions, protecting historic resources, and encouraging compatible infill on December 7th at City Hall. In their once-a-year opportunity to discuss the most important historic preservation issues with the Portland City Council, the Historic Landmarks […]

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It Costs You Nothing

It’s that time again. You’re filled with generosity, but your wallet not so much. You can still support a great cause like protecting Oregon’s historic places without spending a dime more than you normally would. These will take only a few moments of your time and you can enjoy the warm glow of doing something good […]

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This Wednesday: Raise Your Voice to Protect Portland’s Neighborhoods

Update: City Council has extended the deadline to submit written testimony until Wednesday, November 23. The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) wants to respond to Portlanders’ concerns about changing neighborhoods citywide. The Residential Infill Project was initiated in the fall of 2015 to address growing pains related to demolitions, the size of infill homes, and […]

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The White Stag Building located in Portland

Historic Tax Credit Advocacy Alert

Restore Oregon is tracking carefully the status of the federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC) which provides a 20% tax credit to offset the cost of historic rehabilitation projects. Without the HTC, more than 90 redevelopment projects in Oregon like the White Stag Block in Portland or the Post and King Building in Lakeview  would not […]

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Future Success Secured

In the past year, Restore Oregon has made great strides towards protecting and preserving the places that make Oregon livable and sustainable. This is an update on two of the places that were on the 2016 list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places and have now progressed toward the ultimate goal of a long-term viable use. The […]

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What’s Going On Up There?

Across Oregon, people are flooding back into historic downtowns. Younger generations are searching for an authentic experience in where they choose to live and work while retiring Oregonians are looking to downsize to vibrant centers with plenty of easily accessible options for shopping, dining, and recreation. Communities across the state are hoping to take advantage […]

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Portland First in Nation to Mandate Deconstruction of Historic Homes

Effective October 31, any one or two-family home that was built in 1916 or earlier or is a designated historic resource cannot be demolished by the typical bulldozer process, but must be manually deconstructed and salvaged. In response to the demolition epidemic sweeping across Portland, the City convened a Deconstruction Advisory Group (DAG) to recommend […]

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A view of Newberg's historic Union Block. (Photo Courtesy of City of Newberg)

Newberg Recognizes Historic Survey as Economic Stimulant

Newberg is following in the footsteps of towns like Astoria that recognize their historic buildings are economic assets as well as local cultural icons. The Newberg Graphic recently published this article discussing Newberg’s historic survey project to document their historic downtown buildings. A website was created to house findings of the survey, along with a […]

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Statewide Partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation