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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 [...]

Update on Endangered Hawthorne Houses – Public Meeting

Back in August we reported on two endangered historic homes on SE Hawthorne at 27th. Redevelopment at this site is moving forward and now it appears that one of the homes may be saved from deconstruction and moved to a nearby lot. If you are concerned about these homes or have questions about the development, [...]

Survey Seeks Your Opinions on Parking and Design of New Apartment Buidings

Amid growing concern over the lack of parking requirements for new apartments being built around town, the Citywide Land Use Group has prepared a survey on the subject and is now seeking public input.  There are only a few days left to fill out the survey, but it is important that city leaders understand how [...]

What’s to Become of the Multnomah County Courthouse?

1910s Postcard of the Multnomah County CourthouseCourtesy of the Architectural Heritage Center Years of deferred maintenance and numerous prior alterations have left the Multnomah County Courthouse, on SW 4th Avenue, in a state of disrepair that must soon be addressed. To that end, county commissioners Judy Shiprack and Deborah Kafoury, recently held public meetings [...]