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AHC Weighs in on Better Housing by Design

The AHC submitted written testimony on the Better Housing by Design proposed draft of May 2018. Below is a copy of our testimony submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission, City of Portland. You can read more about Better Housing by Design on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website.    The Board of Directors of [...]

Jackie Peterson-Loomis wins preservation award

Jackie Peterson-Loomis and Jennifer Fang in 2016 sorting through Chinese-American history items owned by Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, which the BMF/AHC subsequently transferred to the Portland Chinatown Museum for its use. We’re very happy that BMF/AHC Board Member Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, Ph.D. is being awarded the Historic Preservation Award as part of the [...]

AHC Board Member Rick Michaelson 2018 McMath Award Recipient

Rick Michaelson and Karen Karlsson We are absolutely thrilled to announce that long-time AHC board member Rick Michaelson is the winner of the 2018 George McMath Historic Preservation Award presented by the University of Oregon College of Design/School of Architecture and Environment. The AHC prepared the nomination, in collaboration with Restore Oregon. You [...]

Federal Historic Tax Credit Saved

The Architectural Heritage Center, in coalition with preservationists around the nation, worked non-stop to save an important feature of the federal tax code during the recent reform efforts – the 20% Historic Tax Credit (HTC). Under threat of elimination since 2014, the HTC has nonetheless a proven track record since its passage in 1976 of [...]

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 [...]

Lots of Interest in Recent Historic District Panel Program Held at the AHC

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Architectural Heritage Center hosted a panel discussion on Local and National Register Historic Districts. The AHC classroom was completely full as each panelist gave a short presentation on the historic district theme, followed by a lively moderated Q & A segment led by Kristen Minor of Peter Meijer Architect. [...]

AHC Continues to Weigh in on Central City 2035

Yesterday, September 7, members of the AHC Advocacy Committee provided oral and written testimony to the Portland City Council on Central City 2035. The AHC has been following the development of CC2035 since its beginnings and we have actively weighed in on previous draft versions of the plan. Yesterday was an opportunity to provide our support for reasonable height considerations in historic districts, such as the [...]

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 [...]

AHC testifies in Salem on HB 2007 and We Still Need You to Voice Your Opinion

AHC representatives traveled to Salem yesterday, June 22, 2017, to testify on HB 2007 at a hearing of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources. There was an overflow crowd who came to testify, the vast majority of whom had serious concerns about the bill. Because so many attended, only a [...]

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 [...]