Internal Conversions: A Sensitive Solution

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability recently conducted a study to assess the architectural and structural feasibility of internally converting historic homes into two or more dwelling units. Internal conversion is when a home that has previously been used for a single family is divided into multiple apartment units or studios allowing […]

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Local Artist Portrays Endangered Places

Restore Oregon is thrilled to announce a partnership with local artist and conservator Kate Powell. Over the course of the last several months, Kate has created stunning watercolor paintings of several of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places. These evocative and colorful pieces will be auctioned at the Restoration Celebration on Friday, November 11 at the Sentinel […]

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Preservation Heros Save 136-year-old Morris Marks House

Restore Oregon has been advocating for the Morris Marks House for many years and sometimes the only way to save a historic building is to move it. Board member Rick Michaelson and Karen Karlsson have been working with the City of Portland and the owners for quite a while and we’re thrilled that their plan to […]

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Wanted: Volunteer Volunteer Coordinator!

We are not ashamed to admit when we need help.  Oregon is a big state and our staff… not so big! If you have experience organizing tasks and managing people, we are looking for a volunteer to serve as our Volunteer Coordinator. Check out the roles and responsibilities and then shoot an email to […]

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Living in a Historic District Forum Recap

Restore Oregon was thrilled to see nearly 100 people attended our free public forum on September 8th : “Living in a Historic District: What Does It Mean to You?” which was generously sponsored by McCulloch Construction. Over the course of an hour and a half, participants submitted questions to an expert panel including representatives of the […]

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Soaring ceilings inside a Rummer living room

Return to Rummer

  The End-of-Summer Rummer House Tour lived up to its name as clouds and rain rolled in, bringing an end to the warm sunny days here in Portland. Undeterred, over 600 Oregonians made the trip out to the Oak Hills Historic District to tour six homes built by Robert Rummer. Participants hit the tour route […]

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Heritage Barn Workshop heads to Champoeg

In 1862 Donald Manson pioneered the Oregon art of sustainable construction. Using timbers salvaged from the flood-ravaged town of Champoeg, Manson built a new barn. His barn and its reclaimed components now form the focal point of the visitor center compound at Champoeg State Park where Restore Oregon will host its Heritage Barn Workshop on […]

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Ancient Order of United Workmen Temple

Statewide Protections for Historic Resources Could Change Dramatically

The Oregon Department of Land Conservation & Development (DLCD), which has jurisdiction over State statutes protecting natural and historic resources, has convened a committee to review and amend the rules pertaining to the protection of historic properties and the requirements of owner consent for the designation of properties as historic. Restore Oregon Executive Director, Peggy […]

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Portland Chronicle

Portland Ends its 14-Year Violation of State Preservation Law

After years of pressure applied by Restore Oregon and others, the City of Portland today closed a loophole that affects over 2,700 significant properties on the City’s Historic Resources Inventory (HRI). As a response to preservationists’ recent State Supreme Court victory, the City’s Service Level Update will stop ranked properties on the HRI from being […]

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