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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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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A Ticking Clock

One of Pietro Belluschi’s landmarks faces demolition in downtown Salem. Despite its listing in the National Register of Historic Places, Pietro Belluschi’s First National Bank of Salem building will likely be demolished by September 6th. Constructed in 1946, the building’s design follows a mid-career trend in the work of Oregon’s foremost modernist and features the […]

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Wooden Jewel Box on the Southern Coast

Placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2015, and named one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places that same year, the 1896 Lindberg House in Port Orford is a stunning example of the Queen Anne style and shingle-siding craftsmanship. The house was designed and built by John Peter Lindberg between 1892 and 1896, and […]

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Old Salty, A DeMuro Award Winning Project

Preservation isn’t just about big, grand places and seven-figure budgets.  Sometimes the best opportunities are the smaller, humbler, covered-in-moss plywood gems tucked into the community fabric. Melody and Brian Emerick were visiting Seaside when they passed an abandoned beach cottage that was up for sale as a tear-down.  Being snoopy people (as most preservationists are) […]

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