Historic Preservation

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 [...]

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 [...]