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Two for the Price of…FREE!

Restore Oregon has partnered with Oregon Heritage to offer a FREE regional membership in the League of Historic American Theatres (LHAT) and Restore Oregon. This is an exclusive offer for historic Oregon theaters! Our work with historic theaters started with a survey in 2015, continued with regional theater workshops throughout the state in 2016, and now […]

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Living in a Portland Historic District: FAQ

Restore Oregon has released an updated frequently asked questions (FAQ) handout to address recent statewide rules changes affecting the state’s historic places. This informational overview focuses on new National Register Historic Districts in Portland which are designated after January 2017. It highlights several questions including the following: Can properties in new historic districts be demolished? […]

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2017 Mid Century Modern Tour Featuring Works of William Fletcher – RESCHEDULED

Due to scheduling conflicts and Restore Oregon’s desire to present a high-quality tour-going experience, we are shifting the date of our annual Mid Century Modern Tour to Saturday, September 23, 2017. As previously announced, this year’s tour will feature works by Northwest Modernist architect William Fletcher, founding partner of the Portland architectural firm Fletcher Farr [...]
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Restore Oregon Welcomes New Office Manager

Alexander Escobedo joined Restore Oregon in February as our new part-time office manager. Alex, who works Monday through Thursday each week, replaces Denise Bartelt, who was a fixture for many years here, and will be missed. Previously, Alex served as office manager at a conservation nonprofit where he oversaw the execution of a name change, an image [...]
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Proposed Legislation Will Determine if Future is Bleak or Bright for Preservation

The financial viability of most commercial and multi-family historic rehabilitation projects depends upon the Federal Historic Tax Credit (HTC). But tax overhaul proposals under consideration in Washington D.C. could wipe out the HTC, and stop new historic rehabilitation projects in their tracks. The preservation community has decided to play both offense AND defense via the [...]
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DeMuro Award: The Society Hotel

DeMuro Award Profile: The Society Hotel - Portland, Oregon Located at the junction between Portland’s Skidmore Old Town National Landmark District and its Japantown-Chinatown Historic District, the Society Hotel was constructed in 1881 as the Mariners’ Building, a boarding house for sailors on shore leave. Built in the Italianate style, the Mariners’ Building is one [...]
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Happy Birthday to Us! Restore Oregon turns 40 today!

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 [...]
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DeMuro Award Profile: Egyptian Theater – Coos Bay, Oregon

Placed on our list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places back in 2011, the Egyptian Theater in Coos Bay, Oregon has experienced an award-winning rebirth. Originally constructed in 1925, the Egyptian Theatre is one of only four remaining Egyptian-Revival-themed theaters in the United States. This ornate movie palace had long served as the social and economic [...]
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Willamette Falls Locks: Promise and Progress at the Five Year Mark

In December 2011, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) suddenly closed the 1873 Willamette Falls Navigation Canal and Locks, effectively cutting the Willamette River in two, preventing both commercial and recreational navigation past the falls.  Tourist excursions, agricultural barges, and marine construction rigs were stranded. The unexpected and indefinite closure catalyzed locks supporters. The [...]
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The Biggest Step Forward for Oregon’s Historic Places in 20 Years

Update: 1/27/2017 – VICTORY! Today the proposed rules to protect thousands of irreplaceable historic properties was adopted by the DLCD. January 9, 2017 – For the last 22 years, there has been virtually no meaningful statewide protection of historic resources in Oregon. That may now change. Restore Oregon and a committee of preservationists convened by […]

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