Since our founding in 1977 as the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, our organization has seen and led tremendous change in Oregon. And, one thing has never changed: our commitment to caring for the historic spaces and places which make Oregon unique.
We expect to spend our next 40 years just as we’ve spent our first — working to protect our state’s most endangered places through advocacy, education and intervention on behalf of historic preservation.
In this anniversary year, there’s no slowing down. We plan to:
- Support the creation of preservation incentives – A lack of a state tax credits and other financial incentives makes preservation and reuse more difficult in Oregon than almost any other state.
- Shape public policy – Current zoning incentivizes density and has encouraged rampant unnecessary demolition of existing older structures: destruction which must be curtailed.
- Engaging in direct preservation efforts via acquisition and restoration of properties – For the first time ever, Restore Oregon is taking direct action through the acquisition and restoration of one of Oregon’s most important historic properties, the Sam Brown House. We expect this to be the first of many such interventions.
As you can see, 2017 is gearing up to be an exciting and productive year for Restore Oregon. We are grateful for the financial support which affords us the opportunity to advocate, testify, lobby, advise, and intervene for the historic places that matter to Oregonians, and encourage you to help us celebrate 40 years of preservation by purchasing or renewing a membership today!