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Cherry House in Warrenton

Four Amazing Oregon Places Protected in Perpetuity

Restore Oregon manages and maintains the only program in the state which saves a historic place in perpetuity: a historic conservation easement. A historic conservation easement allows the owner of a historic property to retain title and use of a property and, at the same time, ensure its long-term preservation. It is a legal contract […]

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Ascending to New Heights

Katie Rathmell has a Master’s degree in marine science and was working for Oregon Health Sciences University when she decided to switch to historic preservation as a career. 
She first became interested in historic preservation when she bought a historic house in California that she called “a fixer upper” which she restored. Katie attended Clatsop […]

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Astoria Preservation Field School: The Craft of Historic Buildings

BlacksmithingClatsop Community College announces its new summer Historic Preservation Field School to be held from June 16 to 19, 2014 in Astoria, Oregon.  The Field School will consist of a series of hands-on workshops, visits to regional sites of historic significance, walking tours of historic Astoria, a boat tour of Astoria’s Columbia River waterfront, and other opportunities to investigate local history and preservation activities. Presented through the college’s award-winning Historic Preservation and Restoration Program, the summer Field School offers attendees the twofold opportunity of developing unique historic preservation skills while soaking up the atmosphere of the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.

Situated near the mouth of the majestic Columbia River and just a few miles from where the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806, Astoria is Oregon’s gateway to the Pacific.  The area is also rich in natural and scenic beauty.  Hundreds of Victorian homes dot the steep hillsides and a revitalized downtown takes visitors back to another era.

Stained glassThis four-day hands-on Field School introduces participants to the basic concepts of historic preservation.  Students will earn two college credits and engage in the crafts of historic buildings, including woodworking, blacksmithing, stained glass design and repair, and repair and weatherization of historic windows.  The planned schedule of workshops and activities includes:

  • Monday 16 June — an introduction to historic preservation, understanding and using woodworking tools, a trolley tour along Astoria’s waterfront, and a walking tour of historic neighborhoods in Astoria.
  • Tuesday 17 June — stained glass workshop and an evening tour of the Norman Yeon house and site (a northwest regional style house located in the dunes of the Clatsop Plains).
  • Wednesday 18 June – blacksmithing workshop and an evening tour of historic sites along the Washington side of the Columbia River.
  • Thursday 19 June – historic window repair, glass cutting, and weatherization workshops and an evening boat tour on the Columbia River along Astoria’s historic waterfront.

Participants will experience an engaging combination of hands-on Field School activities with customized tours of local historic resources.  Workshops and tours will be conducted by experienced and highly-qualified working artisans, historians and preservationists.  Tuition, fees and supplies for the Field School total $575.  Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.  Registration opens in May 2014 at www.clatsopcc.edu/register or call 503-338-7670. Information on housing options, restaurants and other local activities and events is available through the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at www.travelastoria.com.

ClatsopCommColDirect inquiries to:  Lucien Swerdloff at 503-338-2301; lswerdloff@clatsopcc.edu.

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Fine Woodworking with Ed Overbay

Noted Oregon artisan Ed Overbay will teach a woodworking workshop through the Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation and Restoration Program. This workshop is open to all with an interest in developing their skills or learning new woodworking skills.

woodworking.detailCCCThe two-day, hands-on workshop (BLD 134: Fundamentals of Woodworking) will be held on April 12-April 13, 9am-4pm, at Overbay Houseworks in Warrenton, OR. Estimated tuition and fees are $208. Register online at www.clatsopcc.edu or call 503-338-7670

Participants will learn about methods, tools and techniques for basic finish woodworking, and develop skills while working on a woodworking project.

Since 1974, Ed Overbay has been recognized as a premier artisan woodworker on the north Oregon coast. He brings to the art of woodcraft a tradition of imaginative design, exquisite craftsmanship, and passion for the creative process.

Please direct inquiries to: Lucien Swerdloff, 503-338-2301; lswerdloff@clatsopcc.edu.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. ADA accessible.

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The c. 1884 Flavel house is one of the best preserved examples<br />of Queen Anne architecture in the Pacific Northwest. Photo<br />Courtesy of Peter Murphey/1859 Magazine.

Opportunity Knocks for a Hands-On Plasterwork Workshop

Only one spot is left for this weekend’s ornamental plaster repair workshop taking place at the historic Capt. George Flavel House Museum in Astoria. Participants of Clatsop Community College’s (CCC) two day workshop will learn how to create plaster mix and molding templates, as well as proper instillation of new crown molding. Listed on the […]

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Astoria Marine Construction Company

AMCCO: Astoria’s New Maritime Historic District

One of Astoria’s most complex historic properties has found a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. The Astoria Marine Construction Company (AMMCO) is a 7-acre conglomerate of shipbuilding structures, objects, and relics largely dating to World War II and the Korean War. Although the complex is still in use as a commercial operation, […]

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Open House Christmas Social in Astoria with the LCPS

John Hobson house, Astoria


Come help celebrate the 150th anniversary of this outstanding vernacular-style home with Queen Anne embellishments, owned by the Hobson family until 1997.   The current owners, LCPS board member, Richard Garner, and  his wife Mary will have their home decorated for Christmas and welcome visitors  to partake of refreshments and to socialize whilst enjoying the charms of this remarkable gem.  There is no charge for  LCPS members. For nonmembers the admission fee is $5, which can be applied to a LCPS membership.  Donations are welcome and all proceeds will benefit LCPS.

As to the home’s history:  Widower William Hobson voyaged from England to New Orleans in January of 1843 with his son John, age 19, another son and three daughters.  That spring, having traveled up the Mississippi to St. Louis, they joined the first great wagon train on the Oregon Trail, the first year of the ‘Great Migration,’ with up to 1000 members led by Marcus Whitman and Jesse Applegate.  Upon arrival in Oregon, John married Diana Owens whom he had met on the wagon train, acquired a donation land claim on Clatsop Plains, and farmed and raised cattle until moving to their new riverfront home in Astoria in 1863. John Hobson, his wife Diana and their four children moved in on Christmas day of 1863.

In the 1880’s the city wanted to change the grade of the streets.  Consequently John and his half-brothers filled the lawns and streets with earth from the hill above the house.  Soon afterward the second story was added to the west side, and colored glass was installed in the upstairs hall, front door and parlor door.  The veranda is original but the gingerbread trim was added about this time.  The Hobsons were friendly with Indians and invited them to sleep in the woodshed or barn if they stayed in town too late to travel home.

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Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families, Oregon State University, Corvallis (new 2011)

DeMuro Awards Announced for Exceptional Historic Preservation, Reuse, and Community Revitalization

The Astoria Train Depot (1925), Astoria – restored as the Barbey Maritime Center (2013) The Burkes-Belluschi House (1948), Portland – restored as family residence (2011) The US Forest Service Ranger Station (1936), Sisters – repurposed as the Fish Inn/Bike Inn (2011) Furman Hall (1902), Corvallis – rehabilitated for Oregon State University School of Education (2011) [...]
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Astoria Marine Construction Company, Astoria

HISTORIC IMAGES COURTESY OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER MARITIME MUSEUM ACCESSION #1982.17 Astoria Marine Construction Company, Astoria Statistics Built: 1922 Address: 92134 Front Road Designation: Nominated to National Register of Historic Places Significance Founded in 1923, the Astoria Marine Construction Company is significant for shipbuilding during World War II and the Korean War. Retaining a high [...]
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