circa 1874 schoolhouse

Creswell’s Old Schoolhouse: Linking the Past to the Future

Creswell’s old schoolhouse has stood at its current location since 1900, but its’ history goes back further. It was Creswell’s first school when it was built in 1874.  Creswell itself had just been platted in 1871 from property donated by two adjoining landowners. The school was two stories high with one classroom downstairs and one [...]
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DeMuro 2017

Nominations Open: Restore Oregon DeMuro Awards, Most Endangered Places

2017 DeMuro Award Nomination The DeMuro Award honors extraordinary examples of the rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings, homes, public spaces, or landscapes, and compatible infill development that enhances historic districts. Nominated projects may be large or small, urban or rural, and those selected will display exceptional quality, creativity, problem-solving, and impact. To nominate a [...]
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Let’s Celebrate 40 Years of Saving Places that Matter to You!

It's Restore Oregon's 40th Birthday! Since 1977, Restore Oregon (formerly known as the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, HPLO) has been saving places that matter throughout Oregon. From one of our early preservation advocacy efforts at the historic Crater Lake Lodge, to historic conservation easements and relentless legislative advocacy, to educational workshops and tours, we [...]
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Restore Oregon Warmly Welcomes Our Summer Intern, Victoria Hensley

Restore Oregon Welcomes Victoria Hensley, the Summer 2017 Preservation Programs Intern! Victoria joins us from Murfreesboro, Tennessee where she is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Public History with a focus on historic preservation at Middle Tennessee State University. While in graduate school, she works at the Center for Historic Preservation on MTSU’s campus. [...]
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HB 2007

Legislative Watch: Restore Oregon Testimony re. HB 2007

Restore Oregon tirelessly advocates on behalf of our collective Oregon heritage and historical preservation. Part of our recent legislative policy action is to provide input on HB 2007, which aims to solve the affordable housing crisis impacting many communities throughout Oregon. Though HB 2007 started out with good intentions, Restore Oregon is very concerned that […]

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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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Sam Brown House 1880s OHS

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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