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Your Voices Made a Difference!

Scores of preservation supporters across Oregon joined the AHC in helping to defeat proposed state legislation that could have eviscerated our national historic districts and prevented new ones from being formed. After weeks of constituent meetings, email blasts and public testimony, legislators eliminated several provisions involving historic districts from House Bill 2007 aimed at encouraging [...]

Oregon House Bill 2007 – Proposed Legislation Turns Back the Clock on Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation

Ostensibly about easing construction of affordable housing, Oregon HB 2007 is instead both a disservice to affordable housing and a specific harm to historic districts. The bill takes a “one size fits all” approach that overrides local controls over issues like design review and zoning and potentially encourages the demolition of smaller, less expensive homes. [...]

Cornerstones Continued: Architectural Heritage Center and the City of Portland Working Together to Document Portland’s African American Historic Resources

Rutherford Home, 1920, 833 NE Shaver, First home of the NAACP Credit Union. April 4, 2017 We are pleased to announce to our AHC members and to all of our supporters that the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center was selected through an RFP process by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability [...]

A Message From Bosco-Milligan Foundation President Fred Leeson

By almost any measure, 2016 was a dramatic year for the Bosco-Milligan Foundation and our beloved Architectural Heritage Center.  We lost two long-time pillars of our staff, Cathy Galbraith and Phillip Austin, to retirement, and another, Barbara Pierce, to an unanticipated move to the East Coast. The best possible news is that we filled all [...]

Portland Landmarks Commission to Present Annual Report

The City of Portland’s Historic Landmarks Commission will present the 2016 “State of Historic Preservation” report to the City Council on Wednesday December 7th at 2 pm. All are invited to the one-hour presentation, which will take place at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, to show support for the work of the Commission, [...]

A. W. Ocobock and the Erasure of Portland’s Past

Home of Augustus and Amelia Ocobock located at 5128 NE Rodney. Architect: Charles W. Ertz. Image Source: Gary Smith We recently found out that the A. W. Ocobock house at 5128 NE Rodney will be demolished and likely replaced by multiple housing units. Built in 1913, the house was designed and built by Charles [...]