Historic Preservation

Artifact move unites the collections

June 17, 2020 - One of the most significant collections of architectural artifacts in the western United States is now under one roof. Frieze panels from the AHC collections were donated to Portland Public Schools to be installed in the renovated Lincoln High School. AHC's collection consists of thousands of building pieces salvaged [...]

Candidates discuss issues related to our city’s built environment

May 6, 2020 - Portland’s primary election takes place on May 19, 2020. We wanted to provide an opportunity to learn more from the candidates about their views on livability, sustainability, economic, and emergency preparedness issues as they relate to the city’s built environment. We invited all candidates for Mayor and the three City Commissioner [...]

Project to protect African American historic resources moves forward

UPDATED February 29, 2020 - The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation voted unanimously on February 28 to forward the MPD to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places for final approval and listing. UPDATED January 28, 2020 - The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission reviewed the MPD at its meeting on January 27 [...]

AHC Advocacy Affects Portland Multi-Dwelling Zoning Changes

December 17, 2019 - Efforts by the AHC advocacy committee and other historic preservation advocates have resulted in additional protections for historic resources in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones. Following almost two years of development, the Portland City Council adopted the Better Housing by Design changes on Wednesday, December 18th.  These code changes become effective in March [...]

Continued appeal on behalf of the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District

Photo by Brian Johnson. UPDATED February 4, 2020 - In an opinion issued last week, an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling upheld the state Land Use Board of Appeals August 2019 ruling on compatible heights in the Chinatown-Japantown historic district and agreed with us that the City of Portland did not show how [...]

Preservation Legislative Alert

UPDATE (April 2, 2019): Your testimony is still needed! Please submit your testimony by Wednesday afternoon, April 3, before the next committee hearing. Address your testimony to Senator Dembrow (committee chair) and to the committee clerk, and email it to: Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov senr.exhibits@oregonlegislature.gov Two important legislative bills that could have substantial positive impact on preservation are [...]

City housing proposal still being debated

Buckman neigbhorhood. Photo by Brian Johnson July 24, 2018 - Portland’s city planners have recently delayed a decision on a proposal aimed at increasing density in residential neighborhoods and largely eliminating single-family residential zones throughout most of the city. If approved as proposed, the plan would allow duplexes, triplexes and possibly even four-plexes [...]

City action threatens Chinatown/Japantown Historic District

Widening Burnside and cross intersections SW 5th (City of Portland, A199-004.339) July 11, 2018 - The Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center has filed an appeal of Portland’s Central City 2035 Plan with the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals in an effort to protect the city’s New Chinatown/Japantown historic district and to protest 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 [...]

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 [...]