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The Rose City Neighborhood and Lindquist Built Homes

Thanks to the work of intrepid Rose City neighborhood researcher Caryn Brooks, we now have a lot more information about one of the more prolific builders in this NE Portland enclave. A Lindquist built home on NE 61st Avenue. According to Brooks, if you have a 1930s English Cottage-style house in Rose City [...]

The Cornelius Hotel – Demolition and Designated Historic Buildings in Portland

As of this afternoon, there is still no additional information about TMT Development's plans for the Cornelius Hotel. The City claims to be unaware of any application to demolish and nothing shows on-line via PortlandMaps.com. Regardless, there is a detailed process in Portland when someone wishes to demolish a designated historic structure like this.You can [...]

Historic Cornelius Hotel May Soon Be Demolished

According to this article in the Daily Journal Of Commerce (subscription required),  the owners of the historic Cornelius Hotel, located at SW Park and Alder, are applying to demolish the building.  The building has languished for many years, receiving one of the City's notorious "U" signs in the process. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=45.520331,-122.680501&spn=0.004013,0.004823&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=45.520246,-122.680189&panoid=rEW9jqFKW1sKuLZhyoLLdw&cbp=12,336.91,,0,-19.62&source=embed&output=svembed&w=425&h=350] TMT Development which owns [...]

15th Annual Kitchen Revival Tour Showcases Work of Homeowners and Local Craftsmen

This Saturday, April 13th is the 15th annual Kitchen Revival Tour organized by the Architectural Heritage Center. The tour is the largest education program of the year for the AHC. Eight homeowners are generously opening their homes for this tour showcasing some great DIY work as well as the work of local craftsmen, designers, and [...]

Future Uncertain for Now Closed University Station Post Office Building

According to the Portland Business Journal,  St.  Mary's Academy has purchased the building that, until recently, was home to the University Station Post Office. As yet we don't know what will become of the building that was once a showroom for the Francis Motor Co. auto dealership. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1505+SW+6th+Ave,+Portland,+Multnomah,+Oregon+97201&layer=c&sll=45.513548,-122.681791&cbp=13,255.26,,0,-4.03&cbll=45.513739,-122.681391&hl=en&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1505+SW+6th+Ave,+Portland,+Multnomah,+Oregon+97201&ll=45.513548,-122.681791&spn=0.005751,0.009645&t=m&z=14&panoid=7m2sMlqJFiOkFjOWdWhoXg&source=embed&output=svembed&w=425&h=350] We do know, however, that the building was designed by architect Richard Sundeleaf in [...]

BREAKING NEWS! Portland City Council Approves Greatly Reduced Fees for Historic Design Review

In a hearing held just this morning, the Portland City Council voted to support a proposed historic design review fee of $250. The City's Bureau of Development Services had proposed a reduction from the current $950 to $475, but instead the Council supported efforts by the Portland Coalition for Historic Resources to truly make the [...]

Changes May Be in Store at the Historic I.O.O.F. Orient Lodge, No. 17

Willamette Week recently reported, that the Portland Police Athletic Association has sold its building at SE 6th and Alder and plans are in the works for potential redevelopment. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to share a little of the building's history. The Francis J. Berndt designed I.O.O.F. Orient Lodge, [...]

Libraries Are Powerful

You know how it is. You hear a story about where you live and you think, “Hey – that’s pretty interesting,” and you tell someone else. Eventually the story comes back to you and you think, ‘Wait – that’s not what my aunt/neighbor/friend told me.” You resolve to find out what really happened with your [...]

Two Potential New Historic Districts Under Review

Through the hard work of many volunteers, two new Portland area historic districts are now up for review and potential listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has recently posted information about the two districts on their website. The documents contain a wealth of great history and architecture in two very [...]

The Latest News About Houses at SE 27th and Hawthorne

Yesterday, the Portland City Council agreed to a waiver of fees and allowed a zoning change, clearing the way for one of the two endangered homes on SE Hawthorne near 27th to be relocated. The re-zoning allows the Montgomery House at 2625 SE Hawthorne to be moved to a lot on SE Madison - behind [...]