Restore Oregon is pleased to announce that Dan Everhart has joined our team as Preservation Programs Manager after the departure of Brandon Spencer-Hartle who has gone on to become the Preservation Planner for the City of Portland.
With a wealth of experience as both a non-profit volunteer and a preservation professional in Idaho, Dan is excited to put his knowledge to work for the Beaver State and Restore Oregon and Oregon’s Most Endangered Places.
For over a dozen years, Dan was a volunteer for Preservation Idaho (PI), a statewide, member-funded advocacy non-profit focusing on historic preservation and based in Boise.
Dan first organized PI’s Advocacy Committee in 2010 and served as its chairman until moving to Portland. He prompted and participated in the founding of Idaho Modern, PI’s committee focused on the preservation of the recent past, and encouraged the formation of the Idaho Heritage Barn committee. In addition to leading efforts to protect dozens of individually threatened resources across the state, Dan pushed for proactive measures including the survey of historic neighborhoods by PI, an ongoing legislative effort to acquire state historic preservation tax incentives, and the successful development of Idaho Main Street.
Dan has extensive experience leading and developing educational programming for Preservation Idaho including the ArchWalk and WalkAbout Boise tour programs, the Heritage Homes Tour, PI’s largest annual fundraiser and the annual Orchids and Onions Awards.
Professionally, Dan comes to Restore Oregon after ten years as an architectural historian with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). He planned, coordinated, and implemented the department’s Cultural Resources program and worked to oversee architectural field surveys, prepare reports and environmental documents and analyze architectural styles and historic structures while leading the development of statewide architectural survey priorities and procedures. He often provided technical advice to other government agencies, private citizens, and grantees and he developed mitigation and treatment alternatives to resolve adverse effects to historic properties as a result of transportation actions.
As a native Westerner who has lived nearly a third of his life as an Oregonian, Dan is confident that he can appreciate the geography of the state, understand its politics, value its culture, and know its people. His career in state and federal cultural resources management has afforded him a thorough understanding of the regulatory infrastructure which underpins the protection of sites of significance, but his years as a volunteer for Preservation Idaho have made him a passionate advocate. He is looking forward to using his knowledge and experience on behalf of Restore Oregon to bring awareness to the state’s unique history and built environment and the challenge of preserving it for future Oregonians.