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New Report Sheds Light on Window Retrofits vs. Window Replacement

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has quietly been operating its Preservation Green Lab for a few years now and we're finally starting to see quantifiable data verifying what preservationists have long believed - replacement windows are not the best option for home weatherization measures. With the help of the Cascadia Green Building Council and Seattle-based Ecotope, the Green [...]

Changes on Hawthorne and Portland’s “No Designation, No Protection” Rule of Thumb

We recently learned that plans are being floated to demolish two historic homes on SE Hawthorne Boulevard  near 27th Avenue. Apparently, the owners of the properties at 2607 and 2625 SE Hawthorne are considering building an 80 unit apartment building with 20 parking spaces. Rather than delve into the ongoing debate about new apartment buildings and their [...]

The Short Significant Career of Architect Rolph H. Miller

Rolph H. MillerSource: Oregonian March 12, 1901 Numerous architects who once worked in the Portland, OR area have been forgotten or simply lost to the passage of time. One such architect was Rolph H. Miller, who died in 1901, just as his architectural career was hitting its stride. He was only 41 years old when he [...]

Kit Houses: A Significant, Yet Difficult to Identify Aspect of Portland’s Architectural Heritage

In case you missed it, the Architectural Heritage Center recently hosted a presentation on "Kit Houses" - as in homes that one could order from a catalog and receive delivered to a building site with all the pieces cut to size and coded for easy construction. Most people associate companies like Sears Roebuck or Montgomery Ward with such homes, [...]

The Barnes Residence: A History Revised

The Frank C. Barnes residence in the Alameda neighborhood of NE Portland (OR).Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. In 1913,  a notable Portland businessman by the name of Frank C. Barnes, had a home built on Alameda Ridge. The home was filled with amazing details like a mahogany stairway and wonderful stained glass windows.  In many ways it rivaled the [...]

Powell’s Planning New Mixed-Use Building on North Park Blocks

According to this announcement at the city's Bureau of Development Services website, plans are underway to demolish the old Powell's Books technical bookstore building and replace it with a new seven story mixed use building with retail on the ground floor and apartments above. The existing building at 33 NW Park Avenue is a two-story structure from 1916, [...]

14th Annual Kitchen Revival Tour – April 14th

On Saturday, April 14th, the Architectural Heritage Center will be holding its annual Kitchen Revival Tour - the AHC's most popular education program. This year there are eight kitchens from around the city, presenting a variety of approaches to "reviving" kitchens in our older homes, while also retaining historic character and charm. If you're thinking of renovating your own [...]

Endangered: Historic Jantzen Beach Wooden Carousel

On April 22, one of Portland's last remaining carousels in operation, will shut down, according to the recently established Friends of Portland's Wooden Carousals Facebook page. The historic carousel has been in operation at Jantzen beach since the 1920s, having first been part of the old Jantzen Beach Park prior to the site becoming a shopping mall. [...]

Historic Preservationists to Attend Upcoming City Council Meeting

At the Wednesday, March 7th, 9:30AM meeting of the Portland City Council, historic preservationists from around the city are planning to gather in support of reforms to the historic design review process and fee structure. This comes in the wake of recent concerns raised in the Buckman neighborhood (and elsewhere) over the exorbitant fees for even minor exterior changes to a building in [...]

An Update on the Proposed Buckman National Register Historic District

In the city of Portland there is a dearth of methods by which a neighborhood can work to protect their historic integrity. One of the only options is to seek a historic designation. With this in mind the Buckman Historic Association has been working tirelessly for more than two years to draft a nomination for a portion [...]