The Delaney House: A Settlement-Era Sensation

Charles A. Dana’s engraving of the Independence,Missouri courthouse and square in 1855. (Image courtesyof the National Archives) Daniel Delaney was born in 1795. A prosperous farmer and slaveholder in Eastern Tennessee, Delaney sold his plantation and traveled to Independence, Missouri. There, in the spring of 1843, he joined a group called The Oregon Emigrating Company. [...]
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The Brown House: An Architectural Gold Mine

Taken in approximately 1870, this photo captures members of the Brown Family at their home, which they called “The Willows.” (Image courtesy of the Oregon Historical Society) Front and side elevations of the house photographed by the Historic American Building Survey in 1934. (Image courtesy of the Library of Congress) View of a fireplace photographed [...]
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Old Keil House, built 1860

The Keil House: A Pioneer in Preservation

Frederick Keil – circa 1875. (Image courtesy of the Aurora Colony Historical Society) Born in 1841, Frederick Keil was the third of nine children born to William Keil, the founder of the utopian Aurora Colony. Having relocated to Oregon with his family in 1855, Frederick married Louisa Giesy in 1863. By the summer of 1869, [...]
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Molalla Log House Once Again Seeks Permanent Home

Formerly known as the Fox Granary, the Molalla Log House is an expertly-crafted primitive dwelling which may pre-date the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Believed by some to be the oldest structure in Oregon, the house was declared a Clackamas County historic landmark back in 1991. Restoration of the unique hewn log structure was sponsored by [...]
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Restore Oregon Welcomes New Marketing Manager

Restore Oregon welcomes Jeannette Shupp to help preserve, reuse, and pass forward Oregon’s most historic places and communities. As our new marketing manager, Jeannette joins us with more than 15 years of experience helping non-profit, high tech, and health and wellness organizations build brands, develop integrated marketing programs, and raise consumer awareness through innovative strategy, [...]
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Ankeny Blocks Development Design Submitted to Landmarks Commission for Review

Guidelines adopted last summer are shaping the design of a mixed-use development slated to replace a parking lot at Southwest 3rd and Ash. The surface lot/building site is one of the Ankeny Blocks located within the Skidmore/Old Town Historic District. The Skidmore/Old Town Historic District, first listed in the National Register of Historic Places back in 1975, became […]

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State Legislation Aimed at Offsetting Seismic Retrofit Costs

With mandatory upgrades proposed, will it be enough to avoid demolition of historic buildings on a massive scale?   Seismic retrofitting for Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URMs) is mandated in earthquake-prone cities from San Francisco to Tokyo.  In Oregon, it is not – but that may soon change.  With the dire predictions of the Cascadia quake [...]
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DeMuro Award Profile: Masonic Lodge (c. 1910) – Burns, Oregon

Tucked away in rural Harney County, Burns sits far outside of Oregon’s busy I-5 corridor. Such out-of-the way locations often have difficulty attracting investment to their historic downtowns. But Burns has one resource other small towns don’t have: the Keady family. Jennifer and Forrest Keady moved to Burns with an ambitious plan in mind: to [...]
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