Modernism + The Recent Past

Neighborhoods Beginning to Take Action Over Demolition Issue

Last night the Eastmoreland Neighborhood announced they would be staging a "park-in" to keep yet another demolition from occurring. Here's the text of their announcement from their Facebook page: DEMOLITION UPDATE: The developer at 3620 SE Rural has circumvented the ENA's 120 day delay for demolition and plans to raze the house tomorrow morning. A [...]

More Demolitions on the Docket

According to the Portland Bureau of Development Services, the owners of a house at 3058 SE Woodstock are proposing to demolish the home and replace it with two single family residences. Eastmoreland, like many Portland neighborhoods, is constantly facing this sort of piecemeal redevelopment, which all too often ignores existing neighborhood context and history. With [...]

Future Uncertain for Now Closed University Station Post Office Building

According to the Portland Business Journal,  St.  Mary's Academy has purchased the building that, until recently, was home to the University Station Post Office. As yet we don't know what will become of the building that was once a showroom for the Francis Motor Co. auto dealership. [googlemaps,+Portland,+Multnomah,+Oregon+97201&layer=c&sll=45.513548,-122.681791&cbp=13,255.26,,0,-4.03&cbll=45.513739,-122.681391&hl=en&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=1505+SW+6th+Ave,+Portland,+Multnomah,+Oregon+97201&ll=45.513548,-122.681791&spn=0.005751,0.009645&t=m&z=14&panoid=7m2sMlqJFiOkFjOWdWhoXg&source=embed&output=svembed&w=425&h=350] We do know, however, that the building was designed by architect Richard Sundeleaf in [...]

Two Potential New Historic Districts Under Review

Through the hard work of many volunteers, two new Portland area historic districts are now up for review and potential listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) has recently posted information about the two districts on their website. The documents contain a wealth of great history and architecture in two very [...]

Historic Preservationists to Attend Upcoming City Council Meeting

At the Wednesday, March 7th, 9:30AM meeting of the Portland City Council, historic preservationists from around the city are planning to gather in support of reforms to the historic design review process and fee structure. This comes in the wake of recent concerns raised in the Buckman neighborhood (and elsewhere) over the exorbitant fees for even minor exterior changes to a building in [...]

Architectural Heritage Center Teams Up With Smartphone App Developer Tagwhat

The Bosco-Milligan Foundation owns and operates the Architectural Heritage Center in Portland, OR  whose mission, in part, is to inspire people to conserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places. In their latest venture, the AHC has teamed up with the developers of the smartphone app Tagwhat,  to continue in their quest to help [...]

2011 in Review – and in Rhyme

A long time ago the Galaxy Restaurant - not far away Was slated for demolition, but remains empty to this day Soon the Hollywood Theatre will have a new building adjacent But is the building’s design compatible or complacent? For now Storrs’ paraboloid remains hyperbolic As Columbia River Crossing talks have become vitriolic Lovers of [...]

Public Comments on the DRAFT Portland Plan Due by December 28th – Where’s Historic Preservation?

Written public comments for the draft Portland Plan must be submitted by December 28th. Bosco-Milligan Foundation executive director Cathy Galbraith presented testimony at a recent public hearing on the Portland Plan, expressing concern that nowhere in the document is the term historic preservation even mentioned.  In fact, there is only one reference to "historic resources" to be found in the draft document - a big disappointment to those who [...]

A Visit to Vista Brook

Last week, Bosco-Milligan/AHC education manager Val Ballestrem had the great opportunity to visit the Rummer-packed Vista Brook neighborhood in the Garden Home area of unincorporated Washington County. Together with local architectural historian and mid-century modern aficionado Jack Bookwalter, they met with a few residents of the neighborhood, saw a fantastic concentration of Robert [...]

The Hyperbolic Paraboloid and the Columbia River Crossing

As criticism of the proposed Columbia River Crossing continues to fester (there are those who despise the proposed bridge's design and others question the need for a new bridge at all), a little talked about North Portland building faces an uncertain future. The Pier 99 building lies right in the path of the CRC project, should it eventually [...]