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Historic Code Improvement Project Roundtables

Your input is needed for the City of Portland’s Historic Code Improvement Project of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). This important zoning code initiative will shape local heritage conservation for years to come as it investigates potential changes and updates to how the city identifies, designates, and protects historic resources. Four public roundtables [...]

HB 2007 – Not a Solution for Increasing Affordable Housing – Express Your Views Today

Directors of the non-profit Architectural Heritage Center believe that our central city neighborhoods, including historic districts, are vital components to making Portland the successful city it is today. HB 2007 as it stands will seriously damage city neighborhoods by speeding the pace of demolition of less-expensive homes and replacing them with far more costly single-family [...]

HB 2007: Housing is crucial. But there are ways to help provide it without destroying historic districts.

Oregon House Bill 2007 remains a concern to the Architectural Heritage Center and our partners due to its targeting of historic districts as a detriment to increasing the supply of affordable housing. In truth, no historic districts in Oregon, or any we know of anywhere in the nation based on our research, specifically prohibit the [...]

FIX PROBLEMATIC OREGON HOUSE BILL 2007

The Board of Directors of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center, who agree fully with the need for affordable housing, voted unanimously to oppose Oregon House Bill 2007 as currently written. We urge you to read the entire bill and amendments, and take action by contacting your legislators. If you don’t already know how to identify [...]

BMF/AHC Weighs in on Goal 5 Revisions

The Bosco-Milligan Foundation has expressed its support to the Land Conservation and Development Commission for the recommendations of the Goal 5 Rulemaking Advisory Committee in regard to administrative rule changes related to Oregon's historic resources. Adopting these proposed rules will provide a uniform baseline of protection and review that is needed and will clarify state [...]

Residential Infill Plan Concept Report Under Consideration

The Portland City Council is weighing the merits of the proposed Residential Infill Plan. The Architectural Heritage Center submitted the following testimony about achieving density without sacrificing a sense of place. Among other issues, we urge the city to try a model project prior to making sweeping decisions. Here is our written testimony to the [...]

The President’s Column: A New Era for the Architectural Heritage Center

by Fred Leeson The long-awaited new era at the Bosco-Milligan Foundation and the Architectural Heritage Center is finally underway, and I am deeply pleased to report that the early signs are all positive. I say “finally” underway because it feels like 10 years between Cathy Galbraith’s retirement in January and the arrival of our new executive [...]

Draft Central City 2035 Plan Discussion at the AHC – April 12th, 2016

On April 12th at 6:30 PM, the Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand Avenue) will be hosting an information session on the draft Central City 2035 Plan. Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will provide an overview of the draft Central City 2035 Plan, which will provide a new long-range land use and transportation [...]

Place, Emotion, History — The National Register Turns 50

by Holly Chamberlain, Managing Director No matter our age or where we live...we all have personal and public landmarks. The visceral jolt of recognition when I stepped into my Kentucky grandmother's kitchen after a many-year absence and the Warm Morning coal heater, oilcloth-covered table, and metal-lined hopper drawer filled with flour (biscuits!) were still there. Absolute gobstruck amazement at my [...]

AHC Comments on Portland’s Proposed Demolition Tax

President Fred Leeson will be testifying about the Architectural Heritage Center's support of the Demolition Tax being considered at the Portland City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 25, at 9:45 AM. We have also submitted written testimony, which is found below. Dear Mayor Hales and Council Members: The Architectural Heritage Center (AHC) wishes to thank [...]