M & N Building, Astoria

Celebrating Five of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places Moving Down the Path of Restoration and Reuse

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.

Here’s a list of completed project highlights:

A.T. Smith:

  • Preservation plan to review structural and architectural needs of the building as well as potential uses of the site was funded in part by a Restore Oregon seed grant and is now complete
  • Fundraising planning and implementation of the preservation plan has begun

Grand Staircase:

  • Restore Oregon seed grant used to help fund analysis of the most feasible restoration options. The completed plan notes that the best option is a reconstruction of the staircase
  • Restore Oregon engagement has led to the participation of multiple angaged partners who are working together to address this fundraising challenge
  • Public awareness of the staircase has increased due in part to the efforts of Restore Oregon and a plan to continue that public outreach through the installation of interpretive signage has been initiated

M&N Building:

  • Restore Oregon seed grant used to secure professional services needed to apply for historic preservation financial incentives in property redevelopment including Federal Tax Credits and the Oregon Special Assessment
  • Construction on building rehabilitation has begun and should be nearly complete by the end of the year. This includes both cosmetic work and major structural upgrades

Mildred Kanipe House:

  • Preservation plan to review structural and architectural needs of the building as well as potential uses of the site was funded in part by a Restore Oregon seed grant and is now complete
  • Fundraising planning and implementation of the preservation plan has begun

Oregon Caves and Chateau:

  • Restore Oregon seed grant used to fund the completion of artistic renderings needed to attract additional investment to the project
  • Federal and State appropriations and private grants totaling millions of dollars secured for the project with the help of letters of support submitted by Restore Oregon
  • Building rehabilitation has begun – current projects include the renovation of the “Little D” cafeteria in the Chateau and an in-depth condition assessment of the Guide Dormitory – future projects have been partially or totally funded to upgrade all life safety and accessibility features of the Chateau while at the same time restoring original features, finishes, and furnishings in the building

Uppertown Net Loft:

  • Restore Oregon seed grant used to fund critical structural repairs needed to prevent further collapse of the building
  • With Restore Oregon’s encouragement, the bridge which provides access to the building from the shore has been repaired and returned to use
  • Review of future improvements to the structure have been confirmed through the City of Astoria and steps have been taken to prepare the structure for sale to a preservation-minded buyer

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