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Restore Oregon Celebrates Significant Preservation Victories in 2017

Preservation Wins with Your Strong Support

In the face of rampant demolition and dysfunctional policies, Restore Oregon has notched significant preservation victories in 2017.

It would not have happened without the support of friends like you.

Here’s a recap of five major preservation victories:

Revised Oregon’s Goal 5 Rules: Oregon has some of the weakest protections for historic resources of any state in the US.  But this year, Restore Oregon and a determined group of allies successfully revised the state’s Goal 5 rules, establishing for the first time a baseline of protection for designated historic places. No more demolition without a public hearing!


We defeated legislation that would have stripped protections from National Register Historic Districts. Together with a host of local organizations, we put the legislature on notice that historic places matter.


Five extraordinary members of Restore Oregon’s Most Endangered Places list were launched down the path of restoration and reuse. Congratulations to the M&N Building in Astoria, the Grand Staircase in LaGrande, the Mildred Kanipe House in Oakland, the A.T. Smith House in Forest Grove, and the Oregon Caves Chateau in Cave Junction.  As they graduate from our list, our advocacy on their behalf will continue.


Four properties were permanently protected with historic conservation easements.  The futures of two Oregon Trail Pioneer houses, the home of a renowned Columbia River tugboat operator, and an landmark apartment building are now secured in perpetuity.


We led the process for one of Portland’s most diverse neighborhoods, to complete an inventory and documentation of their unique significance. Walnut Park has taken a first step towards historic designation.

We love the historic places and cannot leave their future to chance.

Please help us actively steward and champion them.

With your generosity, that is exactly what Restore Oregon will do! Please consider a year-end donation to Restore Oregon.

Your contribution supports the preservation of significant historic structures that define our community, including supporting us to provide technical support to historic property owners, seed grants for our Most Endangered Places program, funds for our Historic Conservation Easement program, and so much more.

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