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2016 Heritage Barn Workshop

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Have you ever wondered what steps you need to take to restore a historic barn? Or how to fund a rehabilitation? Well, look no further! The 2016 Heritage Barn Workshop will educate and provide hands-on experience for attendees. Held at Champoeg State Park featuring the 1862 Donald Manson Barn, the workshop will showcase its restoration after years of deterioration.

Restore Oregon advocates for the rehabilitation and preservation of historic barns because they define Oregon’s agricultural heritage and landscape. We recognize that owners face in rehabilitating and repurposing these historic structures and our workshop fosters creative ways to preserve and perpetuate new life for these rural landmarks.

The workshop will feature speakers, hands-on training, and sessions on barn condition assessment and stabilization. Over the course of the day there will be a demonstration on how to craft a mortise and tenon joint using historic methods by workshop sponsor, New Energy Works Timberframers. Barn owners, historic preservationists, and the general public are invited with no previous knowledge needed to participate. Snacks, beverages, lunch and parking are included in the registration fee.

Additional Information: Participants are asked to wear closed-toe shoes, sign a liability waiver, and inform Restore Oregon staff if they will be arriving late due to travel arrangements. A limited number of scholarships are available upon request to those experiencing financial hardship.

Sponsored by: Greenline Fine Woodworking and New-Energy-Works-Logo-Horizontal-Orange-with-tag

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The annual workshop is organized by members of the Heritage Barn Taskforce


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Heritage Barn Workshop heads to Champoeg

In 1862 Donald Manson pioneered the Oregon art of sustainable construction. Using timbers salvaged from the flood-ravaged town of Champoeg, Manson built a new barn. His barn and its reclaimed components now form the focal point of the visitor center compound at Champoeg State Park where Restore Oregon will host its Heritage Barn Workshop on […]

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Dr Pierce's Barn Cottage Grove

My Love Affair With Restore Oregon

When I was involved with efforts to save the Dr. Pierce Barn in Cottage Grove, I was in a highly charged, impassioned state most of the time. Darn it, I CARED about saving this old barn! We formed a group of ordinary citizens, called ourselves People Who Love the Barn, and set out to stop […]

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Shipley-Cook Barn

Shipley-Cook Barn, Lake Oswego Statistics Built: 1862 Address: 18451 SW Stafford Rd., Lake Oswego Architect: Adam Shipley Designation: National Register of Historic Places Status: SAVED! Stabilization and rehabilitation was completed in Fall of 2015 by Arciform. News and Updates Fall 2015 Restore Oregon's annual Heritage Barn Workshop will be held at the Shipley-Cook Barn on [...]
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Silas Beeks Pioneer House Tour and Picnic

Beeks House_HistoricBeeks House_WikipediaRestore Oregon members and friends are invited on a rare opportunity to tour one of the state’s oldest houses amidst its restoration back into a private residence. The long neglected c.1848 Silas Beeks House was on the brink of being sold to a demolition-oriented buyer two years ago when an anonymous preservationist stepped up to purchase the historic house and design a vision for its restoration. Now, at the early stages of the rehabilitation process, the Gothic Revival farmhouse provides a unique opportunity to see inside the skeleton of a pioneer-era property.

Whether you own a historic house, love above-ground archaeology, or just want to tour something unique, members are invited to spend an evening with the Beeks House on July 19 from 6pm to 8pm.

  • Local food and beverages will be served.

  • The entire grounds—inside and out—of the property will be open for self-guided exploration.

  • Local experts will be on hand to answer questions and share history about the house.

BeeksWheelAll participants will be required to wear closed-toe shoes, sign a liability waiver upon arrival, and—if you’d like to sit over dinner—to bring your own lawn chair.

The house is located 30 minutes west of Portland in Forest Grove and is not accessible for those with mobility limitations.

Additional details and specific directions to the house will be provided to participants.

Tickets are non-refundable.

Tickets are sold out! If you are interested in being on our waitlist, please email us at info@restoreoregon.org with the subject “Beeks House”

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The Winn Barn in Weston is listed in the National Register. (Photo courtesy State Historic Preservation Office)

New Survey Form and Hands-on Workshop to Celebrate Heritage Barns

Restore Oregon’s Heritage Barn Taskforce has launched a new survey form and announced a fall Heritage Barn Workshop as part of an ongoing effort to document and celebrate Oregon’s historic barns and agricultural outbuildings. Despite Oregon’s robust agricultural heritage, barns are a unique resource that is significantly underrepresented in existing inventories of historic properties. Linn […]

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. Undated photo of Sunnyside School with bell tower (Photo courtesy Benton County Historical Society)

What do you know about Sunnyside School?

The journey started with a mid-summer email: What do you know about Sunnyside School? The response added to a high-speed—at least in preservation terms—adventure in negotiations, fund-raising, and stick-to-it-iveness. Corvallis’ century-old Sunnyside School was historically known as Bryant School and Mudflat School due to the surrounding swampy area and muddy roads. Before 1897, a one-room […]

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Although the 1853 John Phillips House east of Salem is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is today vacant and in need of new use (Photo courtesy State Historic Preservation Office)

Saving the Remnants of Our Pioneer Places

Last year, Restore Oregon listed the categorical group of Willamette Valley Pioneer Houses and Farmsteads as one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places. Often referred to as “Oregon’s oldest buildings,” these handmade buildings marked the end of the Oregon Trail from 1841 to 1865. While their significance to our state’s history is paramount, these buildings are […]

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Unknown Settlement Era House

Rediscovering Settlement-Era Homesteads in the Willamette Valley

Since the 1960s, Oregon’s state and local governments have conducted architectural field surveys of groupings of older buildings, each with varying levels of significance and importance, in order to document and understand Oregon’s historic places. One that was completed over the last year holds special significance to the history, people, and development of Oregon as […]

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Knotts-Owens Barn, Corvallis

Knotts-Owens Barn, Corvallis Statistics Built: 1870 Address: 3525 NW Highway 99 Designation: Benton County Landmark News and Updates November 2014 Assessment and as-built drawings completed for barn rehabilitation planning March 2014 Restore Oregon awards $2500 grant for barn assessment January 2014 Sunnyside School moved to property September 2013 50 people turn out for first annual [...]
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