Historic Theaters Workshops a Success!

Theaters make magic happen. Our childhood memories are filled with buttery popcorn, first dates, and stolen kisses lit by the glow of the silver screen. Experiencing art and culture, feeling the power of architecture, and meeting family and neighbors for a special night out, are all ways we interact with theaters. Restore Oregon, along with […]

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Restoration Celebration Speaker, Emilie Evans

Restore Oregon is excited to announce that Emilie Evans, of PlaceEconomics, will be giving the Keynote Address for the 2016 Restoration Celebration. Our most important event of the year, the Restoration Celebration will take place on Friday, November 11, showcasing outstanding historic rehab projects receiving DeMuro Awards and announcing the list of Oregon’s Most Endangered […]

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Workmen Temple Replacement Design Gets Thumbs Down

Restore Oregon’s Executive Director Peggy Moretti provided testimony at the City of Portland’s Design Commission hearing on August 4th regarding the proposed demolition and replacement of the Ancient Order of United Workmen Temple. Restore Oregon noted that the demolition of such a prominent resource would be a great loss to Portland and what replaces the […]

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Sturgis House (center) in 1917, which has now been protected under the State Supreme Court Ruling. Photo courtesy Umatilla
County Historical Society (Image 1990.059.1383).

State Supreme Court Ruling Protects 3,200 Oregon Landmarks

Oregon’s State Supreme Court has made the most significant ruling in state history for historic places. The State Supreme Court has sided with the Land Use Board of Appeals’ ruling on the Lake Oswego Preservation Society v City of Lake Oswego “that the right to remove an historic designation under ORS 197.772(3) applies only to those […]

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Providing the Tools for Preservation

The enduring popularity and charm of older buildings means Restore Oregon receives hundreds of calls from all types of Oregonians. Individuals, local agencies, and organizations call every day requesting help to preserve historic properties, heritage barns, shuttered theaters, decommissioned schools, and just about anything else that can be considered a historic place. To better serve […]

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 Art Demuro

Washington H.S., a DeMuro Award Winning Project

For over 20 years, Washington High School stood vacant and deteriorating. Built in 1925, it’s graced by classical detailing and fantastic lion heads on the parapet made from glazed terracotta. The Buckman neighborhood was eager to see Washington High returned to active use and Art DeMuro (a Restore Oregon board member) was determined to figure […]

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Eastmoreland Pursues Protection through Designation

Eastmoreland Neighborhood Association’s Board of Directors have voted to move forward with pursuing the designation of their neighborhood as a Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The neighborhood association organized an informational workshop about the proposed historic district designation on May 26. The neighborhood views this designation as a tool to […]

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(Photo Courtesy of the City of Portland)

Portland: The Trailblazer for Planned Deconstruction

  Portland is leading the country by requiring deconstruction of historic homes which are already planned for demolition. Any one or two family structure that was built before 1917 or is a designated historic resource will require a full manual deconstruction rather than mechanical demolition starting on October 31st of this year. Measures to address […]

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Portland’s Neighborhood Character: Do Something About It

Portland’s growing pains have sparked discussions and proposals around density and affordability. How do we retain neighborhood character, but also meet the demand of growth in Portland? Restore Oregon was invited to sit on the City’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee, a group convened to advise project staff on the issues of residential infill across the city […]

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The Sparta Building – a DeMuro Award Winning Project

Designed by Frank C. Clark and completed in 1911, the American Renaissance style Sparta building stands at the corner of Main Street and North Riverside in the Downtown Historic District. The first floor was originally occupied by an auto dealership. And in 1926, the second floor became the home of the early broadcast station KMED. […]

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