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  • 1130 SW Morrison Street, Suite 318, Portland, OR 97205
  • (503) 243-1923

Preservation Toolkit

Preservation Toolkit

Restore Oregon’s Preservation Toolkit provides a high level guide to the process and decisions one needs to make when approaching the restoration and reuse of a historic building. It is oriented toward small-to-medium commercial properties, but much of the content will apply to homes, barns, and other types of structures.


00: Process Overview

Process Overview: a simple flowchart illustrating the steps for a successful preservation project.


01: Get Oriented

An Orientation to Preservation & Adaptive Reuse: introductions to terminology, standards, organizations, and the National Register.


02: Assess Condition

Condition Assessment Checklist: a top-to-bottom checklist for examining and documenting the current state of your property.


03: Plan Rehabilitation

Creating a Viable Rehabilitation Plan: a guide to determining a feasible new use for your property, and testing the economic dollars and sense.


04: Source Funding

Funding Sources & Incentives: bank loans, grants, tax credits… learn what is available and the associated stipulations.


05: Plan Maintenance

Maintenance Plan: what it should include and how to approach it.


06: Work with Preservation Professionals

Working With the Right Preservation Professionals: assembling the right team and understanding the role they play can make or break your project.


07: Organize & Build Community Support

Organize & Build Community Support: tips on telling your story and getting the community on board.