Local History

City action threatens Chinatown/Japantown Historic District

Widening Burnside and cross intersections SW 5th (City of Portland, A199-004.339)   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 lack of public [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. 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 [...]

Laurelhurst Booklets Shed Light on Early Days of Neighborhood

c.1912 map of the Laurelhurst neighborhood and surroundings. Source: Architectural Heritage Center With October being Archives month, plus with all the interest in Laurelhurst these days (most notably the Markham House on NE 32nd and Glisan), we thought we'd share a couple of Laurelhurst real estate booklets from the Architectural Heritage Center library. [...]

The Rose City Neighborhood and Lindquist Built Homes

Thanks to the work of intrepid Rose City neighborhood researcher Caryn Brooks, we now have a lot more information about one of the more prolific builders in this NE Portland enclave. A Lindquist built home on NE 61st Avenue. According to Brooks, if you have a 1930s English Cottage-style house in Rose City [...]

Historic Cornelius Hotel May Soon Be Demolished

According to this article in the Daily Journal Of Commerce (subscription required),  the owners of the historic Cornelius Hotel, located at SW Park and Alder, are applying to demolish the building.  The building has languished for many years, receiving one of the City's notorious "U" signs in the process. [googlemaps https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&ie=UTF8&ll=45.520331,-122.680501&spn=0.004013,0.004823&t=h&z=18&layer=c&cbll=45.520246,-122.680189&panoid=rEW9jqFKW1sKuLZhyoLLdw&cbp=12,336.91,,0,-19.62&source=embed&output=svembed&w=425&h=350] TMT Development which owns [...]

15th Annual Kitchen Revival Tour Showcases Work of Homeowners and Local Craftsmen

This Saturday, April 13th is the 15th annual Kitchen Revival Tour organized by the Architectural Heritage Center. The tour is the largest education program of the year for the AHC. Eight homeowners are generously opening their homes for this tour showcasing some great DIY work as well as the work of local craftsmen, designers, and [...]

Changes May Be in Store at the Historic I.O.O.F. Orient Lodge, No. 17

Willamette Week recently reported, that the Portland Police Athletic Association has sold its building at SE 6th and Alder and plans are in the works for potential redevelopment. With that in mind, we thought it would be interesting to share a little of the building's history. The Francis J. Berndt designed I.O.O.F. Orient Lodge, [...]