Happy Birthday to Us! Restore Oregon turns 40 today!

Since our founding in 1977 as the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, our organization has seen and led tremendous change in Oregon.  And, one thing has never changed: our commitment to caring for the historic spaces and places which make Oregon unique. We expect to spend our next 40 years just as we’ve spent our first [...]
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DeMuro Award Profile: Egyptian Theater – Coos Bay, Oregon

Placed on our list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places back in 2011, the Egyptian Theater in Coos Bay, Oregon has experienced an award-winning rebirth. Originally constructed in 1925, the Egyptian Theatre is one of only four remaining Egyptian-Revival-themed theaters in the United States. This ornate movie palace had long served as the social and economic [...]
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Willamette Falls Locks: Promise and Progress at the Five Year Mark

In December 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) suddenly closed the 1873 Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks, effectively cutting the Willamette River in two, preventing both commercial and recreational navigation past the falls.  Tourist excursions, agricultural barges, and marine construction rigs were stranded. The unexpected and indefinite closure catalyzed locks supporters. The [...]
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Moulton House

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

Update: 1/27/2017 – VICTORY! Today the proposed rules to protect thousands of irreplaceable historic properties was adopted by the DLCD. January 9, 2017 – 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 […]

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2017 Welcomes Nicole Possert as Our New Development Director

Restore Oregon is starting the year off with the appointment of Nicole Possert as our new Development Director.  She will replace Sarah Heath who recently became Executive Director at Astoria Historic District Association. Nicole has an impressive background in both fundraising and strategic marketing.  Nicole comes to Restore Oregon with over 25 years of experience […]

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Philip T. Oatfield & his Klondike Wheat 1914-1915

Clackamas County Landmark to be Demolished

Mike Schmeer, a Restore Oregon supporter and chairman of the Oak Lodge History Detectives, brings us a story of the threatened Philip Oatfield House (14928 SE Oatfield Rd). Despite its designation as a Clackamas County Historic Landmark, this century old home will be demolished for new development if not moved and renovated. All photos courtesy of […]

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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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