Historic Preservation

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 [...]

The House of Morris Marks: A Preservation Story

In 1880 when Portland shoe merchant Morris Marks and his wife Annie built a new home at 1134 S.W. 12th Avenue, he probably didn’t imagine the house would ever move. The home was designed by Portland architect Warren Heywood Williams in an Italianate style, of which there are few remaining examples in Portland. Williams would [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

HB 2007: Housing is crucial. But there are ways to help provide it without destroying historic districts.

Oregon House Bill 2007 remains a concern to the Architectural Heritage Center and our partners due to its targeting of historic districts as a detriment to increasing the supply of affordable housing. In truth, no historic districts in Oregon, or any we know of anywhere in the nation based on our research, specifically prohibit the [...]

FIX PROBLEMATIC OREGON HOUSE BILL 2007

The Board of Directors of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center, who agree fully with the need for affordable housing, voted unanimously to oppose Oregon House Bill 2007 as currently written. We urge you to read the entire bill and amendments, and take action by contacting your legislators. If you don’t already know how to identify [...]

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 [...]