Historic Preservation

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 [...]

BMF/AHC Weighs in on Goal 5 Revisions

The Bosco-Milligan Foundation has expressed its support to the Land Conservation and Development Commission for the recommendations of the Goal 5 Rulemaking Advisory Committee in regard to administrative rule changes related to Oregon's historic resources. Adopting these proposed rules will provide a uniform baseline of protection and review that is needed and will clarify state [...]

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 [...]

Draft Central City 2035 Plan Discussion at the AHC – April 12th, 2016

On April 12th at 6:30 PM, the Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand Avenue) will be hosting an information session on the draft Central City 2035 Plan. Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability staff will provide an overview of the draft Central City 2035 Plan, which will provide a new long-range land use and transportation [...]

Place, Emotion, History — The National Register Turns 50

by Holly Chamberlain, Managing Director No matter our age or where we live...we all have personal and public landmarks. The visceral jolt of recognition when I stepped into my Kentucky grandmother's kitchen after a many-year absence and the Warm Morning coal heater, oilcloth-covered table, and metal-lined hopper drawer filled with flour (biscuits!) were still there. Absolute gobstruck amazement at my [...]

AHC Comments on Portland’s Proposed Demolition Tax

President Fred Leeson will be testifying about the Architectural Heritage Center's support of the Demolition Tax being considered at the Portland City Council meeting on Wednesday, November 25, at 9:45 AM. We have also submitted written testimony, which is found below. Dear Mayor Hales and Council Members: The Architectural Heritage Center (AHC) wishes to thank [...]

Portland’s Demolition Delay Rules and Your Neighborhood

AHC vice president, Steve Dotterrer Portland’s new demolition delay requirements went into effect on April 20, 2015. The automatic 35-day delay and the possibility of a 60-day extension for a total delay of 95 days, may seem like a long time (especially if you are the developer). Almost everyone, however, who has been [...]

Support the Revitalize Main Street Act!

AHC members are encouraged to share their voice and their feet in regard to an important bill coming up for consideration in the state Senate Finance Committee – the Revitalize Main Street Act (SB 565). This bill would create an Historic Rehabilitation Fund for repair and renovation of commercial buildings all around the state, and [...]

Irvington Historic District Boundaries Challenged

The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office has received a completed application by a group of Irvington Historic District property owners seeking to reduce the district boundaries. The application proposes the removal of all or part of 27 blocks in an area bounded by Fremont on the north, Knott Street on the south, 21st Avenue on the [...]