Preservation and Sustainability – 2 Wonderful Examples

Recently, the Morgan Building at SW Broadway and Washington was granted LEED certification for Existing Building, Operations and Maintenance. According to the Daily Journal of Commerce, this is the first Portland building listed in the National Register of Historic Places, to achieve such certification, but it certainly should not be the only one. [...]

Historic Preservation and Our Own Mortality – Interesting Discussion by the Green Preservationist

A new blog post by the Green Preservationist, is a thought provoking discussion drawing connections between building preservation and the preservation of our own lives. Check it out here. What do you think?

Renovation Planned for Old Meier & Frank Warehouse

It looks like the 1927 Meier & Frank Warehouse on NW 14th and  Everett will be remodeled to house the new headquarters for Vestas Wind Systems. The Portland Business Journal, the Oregonian, and the Daily Journal of Commerce are all reporting that building owner -  Gerding Edlen - will soon begin renovations, with Vestas expected [...]

Convention Center Plaza Slated for Renovation

If all goes as planned, Beam Development will soon acquire and renovate an old Sear's warehouse on NE 3rd and Couch,  more commonly known as the Convention Center Plaza building. Until recently, it was thought that the building would be demolished, once the floundering Burnside Bridgehead redevelopment project got underway. The folks at Beam are [...]

Good Samaritan Expansion Endangers Vintage Homes in NW Portland

Expansion plans at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in NW Portland could lead to the demolition of  four vintage homes, according to the latest issue of the Northwest Examiner. Included in the mix is the Green Gables Guest House, built in 1904 as well as the homes at 2169 NW Northrup, and 2140 and 2148 NW [...]

PSU Gets Demolition Permit for Apartment Buildings

Last month PSU dismantled one of the few remaining Victorian era houses in the path of their so-called "progress". Now the City recently issued demolition permits for the apartment buildings at 506-518 SW College. Coming soon will be a 16 story student housing building that will erase the entire block except for the small  privately [...]

Historic Preservation buried in latest Portland Plan draft objectives

It's good that Historic Preservation "made the cut" and is included in the latest draft objectives for the Portland Plan. However, the subject is buried rather deep within the nine so-called "Action Areas" of the plan. It is clear that if preservation is going to gain any teeth, we'll need to draw more attention to [...]

Weatherization Meets Historic Preservation: Special Home Tour on 5/22

Join the AHC on May 22nd for a special opportunity to learn more about how you can weatherize an older or historic home and not impact its vintage character. For more information download the flyer here or visit the AHC website.

Celebrate Preservation Month at the AHC!

May is Preservation Month and the Architectural Heritage Center is offering several education programs: This Saturday, May 1st - Invisible Additions: Increasing Space, Minimizing Impacts. Come learn how you can add space to your vintage home while retaining its original character. An architect, a contractor, a house lifter, and a City inspector will be on [...]

Preservation and Sustainability: Could the Concept of Using What We Have Be Gaining Traction?

This Oregonian editorial draws attention once again to the connections between sustainability and historic preservation: "Use what we have". In recent months Metro has begun talking about this concept, albeit more broadly. Last September, Metro COO Michael Jordan announced his Strategies for a Sustainable and Prosperous Region. We can only hope that these actions lead to positive results in [...]