Preservation Toolkit

Restore Oregon’s Preservation Toolkit provides a high level guide to the process and decisions one needs to make when approaching the restoration and reuse of a historic building. It is oriented toward small-to-medium commercial properties, but much of the content will apply to homes, barns, and other types of structures.

Each module corresponds to a particular aspect of the process. You may download individual modules or the entire Preservation Toolkit.

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00 – Process Overview: a simple flowchart illustrating the steps for a successful preservation project.

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01 – An Orientation to Preservation & Adaptive Reuse: introductions to terminology, standards, organizations, and the National Register.

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02 – Condition Assessment Checklist: a top-to-bottom checklist for examining and documenting the current state of your property.

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03 – Creating a Viable Rehabilitation Plan: a guide to determining a feasible new use for your property, and testing the economic dollars and sense.
Download the corresponding economic modeling spreadsheets.

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04 – Funding Sources & Incentives: bank loans, grants, tax credits… learn what is available and the associated stipulations.

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05 – Maintenance Plan: what it should include and how to approach it.

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06 – Working With the Right Preservation Professionals: assembling the right team and understanding the role they play can make or break your project.

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07 – Organize & Build Community Support: tips on telling your story and getting the community on board.
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Download the Preservation Toolkit

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