Restore Oregon Resource Directory
A directory of local, national and international preservation resources.
Restore Oregon Business Members
- Arciform LLC – design-build company specializing in the restoration and remodel of historic and vintage structures, ranging from Victorian through Mid-Century Modern – (503) 493-7344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Architectural Resources Group – architectural, material conservation, and planning services for the assessment, rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of historically significant properties. Contact Matthew Davis (971) 256-5320
- Art First Colors for Architecture – We help people find the right colors and style to achieve their goals: for homes, businesses, and community buildings, we design with paint, materials, furniture, lighting and artwork. Visualizing to create an uplifting experience in all architectural styles, from Victorian to Mid-Century Modern, we also find the original paint colors on historic properties through scientific analysis. Mary McMurray at (503)287-4354; email@example.com
- Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage – Since 1999, Aurora Mills has scoured the countryside searching for the best in antique, vintage, and reclaimed architectural items, décor, and garden features (503) 678-6083
- Brian’s Plumbing Works/Plumbing-geek.com – Specialty contracting and consulting to repair, rebuild, restore, source, and install vintage plumbing fixtures. Honoring the integrity of the interior architecture, design motifs, and aesthetics in your home since 1984. (503) 656-6192 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Budget Dumpster rents affordable roll off dumpsters in Portland, Eugene and surrounding areas. Flat rates on a variety of dumpster sizes make it easy to tackle your next home renovation or cleanout. Reach an experienced team member at 1-866-284-6164
- Chesshir Architecture is firm with a focus on design of Renovation, Restoration and Adaptive Reuse of Commercial and Residential architecture.
- Chosen Wood Window Maintenance is a premier full-service contractor who handles modern, vintage and historical wood windows. For a fraction of the cost of window replacement, we can repair, update and restore your wood windows.
- Craftsman Design and Renovation – Has a passion for renovating and restoring older Portland homes and creating new spaces that have old-home character (503) 239-6200
- The Commerce Bank – Contact Susan Kane, she has a passion for getting to know the people behind the businesses she works with. As a Commercial Lender she helps business owners effectively manage their entire banking portfolio from depository services to commercial lending.”
- Euro Plastering & Stucco – Euro Plastering & Stucco has a combined experience of over 100 years (503) 652-8054, email@example.com
- Explanagraphics – Infographics & diagrams, logos & icons (503) 957-6763
- FFA Architecture and Interiors – Award-winning design that is exciting, meaningful, and timeless (503) 222-1661
- Fresh Air Sash Cord Repair, Inc. – Since 1999, we have restored the operating function of original, double-hung wooden windows in homes built before 1950. 503.284.7693
- Froelich Engineers – Structural/Civil Engineers with a passion for the preservation of historic structures by employing innovative and practical solutions that vintage buildings demand during the restoration process. Our designs carry a strong respect of the historic architectural fabric of the building, with the goal of extending the life of the structure.
- Greenline Fine Woodworking – We produce timelessly designed, flawlessly executed furniture, interiors and structures using the same master woodworkers that have practiced for centuries. (503) 432-8252
- Hacker Architects – In 2015 Hacker was ranked the #15 firm in the nation by ARCHITECT magazine, and in 2013 named the AIA’s Northwest & Pacific Region Firm of the Year.
- Hennebery Eddy Architects, Inc. – A full-service architecture and interior design firm with a team of experts in our specialized Historic Resources Group offering building restoration/rehabilitation/adaptive reuse, historic resource review/Section 106 & Section 110 compliance, historic preservation tax incentive guidance, National Register nominations, surveys & assessments, and paint analysis. (503) 227-4860.
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- Hood River Hotel – Built in 1911 the hotel combines historical ambiance with modern conveniences, and the only hotel in walking distance of all the local shops, mirco brewery and wine taste places in Hood River.
- Indow Windows – Making custom interior thermal window inserts that press into the inside of your existing window frames, giving you double-pane window performance at a fraction of the cost (503) 284-2260
- Kalberer Company – Commercial Real Estate investment, development and management since 1944
- Lee Weinstein and Associates – We take the guesswork out of your communications strategy (503) 708-0402
- Lilyvilla Gardens – Landscape design studio specializing in freshly interpreted, custom outdoor environments for modern living. Lauren Hall-Behrens, Principal Designer/Owner
- MCM Construction, Inc. – Design-build company focusing on project management and planning. Historic restoration and preservation of windows and doors, specializing in wood, metal and bronze. Contact Tim Mather (503) 699-9600 or visit us at www.mcmbuild.com
- Modern Homes Portland – Marisa Swenson, Earth Advantage Broker (971) 285-7955
- Monitor Millwork – Traditional sash, door, and moulding manufactured with vintage machinery and technique. Manufacturing. Consultation. Classes.
- MPF Conservation – Conservators specializing in the restoration, conservation and preservation of upholstered and non-upholstered objects, textiles, keepsakes, and interior architectural elements for both private and institutional clientele.
- New Energy Works Timberframers – Designing and building environmentally responsible timber frames for 30 years. Offerings include timber framing (design, engineering, crafting, building), trusses, enclosures, fine woodworking, reclaimed wood products and more. (800) 486-0661
- Preserve, LLC – Services include condition assessments, HSR’s, research, national register nominations, historic tax credits, certificates of appropriateness, cost estimating, project management, and design. Contact Josette at 262-745-5411.
- Restoring History -Period restorations, kitchens, bathrooms, colors, furnishings and more.(503) 452-7772
- Rejuvenation – Classic American lighting and house parts (503) 944-1721
- Versatile Wood Products – Exceptional custom sash, doors, cabinetry & millwork. (503) 238-6403
- The Dan Volkmer Team with Windermere Stellar Realty – Specializing in Historic and Architecturally Significant Homes since 1974. 503-781-3366 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other Preservation Contractors & Consultants – businesses on file with the State Historic Preservation Office (contractors, designers, suppliers)
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES & COMMISSIONS
- Advisory Council on Historic Preservation –promotes the preservation, enhancement, and productive use of our Nation’s historic resources; advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy
- Heritage Documentation Programs – administers Historic American Buildings Survey for the Federal Government, and Historic American Engineering Record, Historic American Landscapes Survey, and Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems
- National Center for Preservation Technology and Training – a research division of the National Park Service using technology to serve the future of America’s heritage through applied research and professional training
- National Register of Historic Places – Oregon – listing of buildings on the Register
- Oregon Heritage Commission – educates, promotes, and coordinates heritage initiatives of public and private organizations; holds bi-annual Heritage Conference; administers grant program.
- Oregon Historic Preservation Commissions – listing of Certified Local Governments (CLGs) and local historic landmarks/resources commissions
- Oregon Historic Sites Database – searchable listing of historic places that have been inventoried by the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) or listed in the National Register of Historic Places
- Oregon State Archives – Oregon Historical County Record Guide, Historical Records Index and Provisional and Territorial Records Guide
- Oregon State Historic Preservation Office – Information on National Register of Historic Places nominations, Oregon Special Assessment program, and other heritage programs
- Portland City Archives – Records generated by the City of Portland, including material that supports research on the City, such as Polk Directories (1863 to 1986), early souvenir books, and books about Portland history
- Portland City Historic Resources & Landmarks Listings – from the Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
- Portland Development Commission – Urban renewal agency for Portland
PUBLICATIONS & WEBSITES
- Cultural Heritage Search Engine – international preservation and conservation database
- Old House Journal – the online version of the classic old homeowner publication
- PreservatonDirectory.com – a comprehensive national directory of preservation resources and historic real estate
- Preservenet – resources compiled by Cornell University
- Architectural Heritage Center/Bosco-Milligan Foundation – education programs and exhibits on historic preservation in the greater Portland area
- The Gordon House at the Oregon Garden – Oregon’s only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building – open to the public, Silverton, OR
- Oregon Historical Society & Research Library – preserving and interpreting Oregon’s past in thoughtful, illuminating, and provocative ways
- Pittock Mansion – exhibits and events celebrating Portland history and culture, Portland, OR
- African American Heritage Preservation Foundation – a not for profit organization dedicated to the preservation of African American history and historical sites
- Adventures in Preservation – offering volunteer vacation opportunities
- AIA Portland – A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
- AIA Southwest Washington – A Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
- Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation – dedicated to the preservation and conservation of historic landscapes in all their variety, from formal gardens and public parks to rural expanses
- Architectural Heritage Center/Bosco-Milligan Foundation – education programs and exhibits on historic preservation in the greater Portland area
- Architecture Foundation of Oregon – advocates the enhancement of our built environment, the livability of our communities, and preservation of our rich architectural heritage
- The Arts & Crafts Society – an online “home” for the present-day Arts & Crafts Movement community
- Association for Preservation Technology – dedicated to promoting the best technology for conserving historic structures and their settings
- Associated Students for Historic Preservation – ASHP’s purpose is to advance knowledge and understanding among students, professionals, and educators throughout the nation.
- Columbia-Pacific Preservation – with a focus on skilled craftspeople, their mission is to collaboratively establish the Columbia-Pacific region as a center of excellence for historic preservation.
- Cultural Advocacy Coalition – A non-partisan advocacy group Working to increase public investment in the arts, heritage and humanities across Oregon
- Historic Seattle – dedicated to architectural preservation
- Lake Oswego Preservation Society – non-profit group that provides advocacy and education about Lake Oswego’s historic places
- League of Historic American Theatres – promotes the rescue, rehabilitation and sustainable operation of historic theatres throughout North America
- Liberty Theater – non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration of the historic Liberty Theater complex, located on the northern coast of Oregon.
- Lower Columbia Preservation Society – their mission is to preserve, protect and promote the historic architecture in the Lower Columbia region.
- National Park Lodge Architecture Society – an organization of individuals who appreciate the important role of the unique hotels, inns, cabins and other lodging in the National Park system, and advocate the protection and operational preservation of the significant facilities and structures.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation – national organization provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America’s diverse historic places and revitalize our communities
- Northwest Woodworking Studio – a school dedicated to teaching the art and the craft of woodworking
- Preservation Action – a nonprofit national grassroots lobby for historic preservation
- Preservation Idaho – preserving Idaho’s historic and cultural resources through education and advocacy
- Recent Past Preservation Network –preservation education and advocacy of the modern (last 50 years) built environment
- Historic Rivoli Theater Performing Arts Center Restoration Coalition – restore the historic Rivoli Theater while transforming it into a regional, contemporary performing arts and cultural center, to create a point of destination which contributes to the economic viability of Eastern Oregon.
- Society for Commercial Archaeology – devoted to the buildings, artifacts, structures, signs, and symbols of the 20th-century commercial landscape
- Society of Architectural Historians – promotes the study and preservation of the built environment worldwide
- Washington Trust for Historic Preservation –safeguarding Washington’s historic places through advocacy, education, collaboration and stewardship
- UNESCO World Heritage – information about UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Secretary of the Interior’s Standards
- Historic Windows
– a Restore Oregon reference article
- National Register FAQs
If my home is listed in the National Register, can I still paint it the color I want, remodel, or make an addition? »
Yes. The National Register program does not place any restrictions on how homeowners can treat or dispose of their properties. Where review of alterations may occur is at the local governmental level, if the jurisdiction has historic preservation statutes as part of the local codes. Generally, this occurs in the form of project review by a commission of elected, volunteer, or appointed residents of the community. These commissioners are familiar with historic buildings and historic preservation. Depending on the wording of the local statute, the commission may be empowered to certify or comment on proposed alterations or demolitions.In practice, these commissions generally are most concerned when demolition of a historically significant house is proposed, and will often seek various avenues to save the house. Issues such as painting or minor additions that do not make extreme alterations to historic homes are seldom of concern. Such meetings are open to the public, and have established procedures for appeals of commission decisions. Most people who are interested in having their homes listed in the National Register, do so because they appreciate them, and aren’t interested in demolishing them anyway!
No. In fact, listing in the National Register makes available a number of grants and programs from state and federal governments that can provide funding, technical guidance, or expertise to homeowners so that they can make needed maintenance projects more affordable and historically appropriate to their homes. The government cannot force homeowners to maintain or restore their homes beyond whatever local building codes require for all structures.
Sometimes, it depends on whether local ordinances mandate additional review of construction projects involving NR properties, but it is not a guarantee against demolition. Also, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, passed in 1966, requires that any project undertaken by, funded in full or in part by federal money, or requiring any federal permitting must consider the impact that the project may have on buildings listed in or eligible for the National Register. Other laws, such as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Department of Transportation Act (DOTA) also provide various levels of protections for properties listed in the National Register from various governmental projects that may affect them.
In addition to possible protections noted earlier, there are a variety of grants and tax incentive programs available from both the federal and Oregon governments for maintaining National Register-listed properties. Some owners of buildings that are listed in the National Register are eligible for federal income tax credits if they undertake rehabilitation projects that meet the standards established to guide such projects in a way that is sensitive to the historic nature of the building. Tax credits can reach up to 20% of the proposed project, and can often make preserving a historic building more economically sound than replacing it with a new building. Also, Oregon offers owners of buildings listed in the National Register the opportunity to qualify for a ten-year property tax “freeze.” This program is available in conjunction with the federal tax program, and taken together, can save owners of NR-listed building significant amounts of money. Historic buildings can also be granted certain leniency or variances from some building codes.
Does being part of a National Register Historic District carry the same benefits as listing my building individually? »
In terms of programs, protections, and qualifications, there is no functional difference between a building listed in the National Register on its own merits, or as a contributing part of a broader historic district.
Who can nominate a building for listing in the National Register, and can I keep my home from being listed? »
Anyone can prepare a nomination for listing in the National Register; however, because the process can be long and complex, and the documentation required can be fairly involved, it is often recommended that home owners consult with a historic preservation professional. A privately-owned home cannot be listed in the National Register individually without the consent of the owner. Establishment of historic districts is subject to the approval of a majority of property owners within the proposed district. If a majority approval is not achieved, the district cannot be listed, however, if a majority is reached, the historic district can be listed over the objections of the minority.