Sustainability

Reuse It!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation wants y0u to share your photos of buildings you wish would be  rehabilitated and re-used. Click here, for more information. Remember, the greenest building is the one that's already built!

“New buildings are more fun for architects to design and are just plain cheaper for developers to build.”

The title for this post is a quote from this NPR news story and displays the ongoing challenge of connecting historic preservation with green building. A few points I took away from this article: It is fairly absurd that the preservation of an existing building currently nets very few LEED points. The fact that a [...]

PSU College Station – School Expansion Continues Without Approved Master Plan

A while back, we contacted the City to express our concerns over a number of proposed developments in the vicinity of  Portland State University. It seems that unlike many other large institutions, PSU's continued expansion is being done without the guidance of a City-approved Master Plan. The latest proposal on the table is the 16-story [...]

Repair First!

A recent blog post at Green Preservationist, got me thinking once again about preservation language, and also raised the question of how to promote the repair of our older homes rather than following the well-entrenched rip out and replace model. How do we best encourage homeowners to think repair first before climbing aboard the remodel [...]

Updating the Language of Preservation

In a recent essay in Period Homes magazine, Clem Labine, the magazine's founder (he's also the founder of the Old House Journal), pointed out the need for historic preservationists to "reset" their vocabulary in order to adjust to the changing perceptions of younger generations as well as current economic conditions. In the same vein, noted [...]

A Question of Character

Last night, the Portland City-Wide Land Use Group, a group predominately made up of land-use representatives from Portland's 95 neighborhood associations, met to discuss the issue of Neighborhood Character and how it might be better defined in the Portland Plan. This is certainly a great issue to have on the table and it is our [...]

Storm Windows, Tax Credits, and Why You Should Keep Your Original Windows

Lost in all of the hype tossed around by the multi-paned vinyl window industry is the fact that storm windows may also qualify for federal tax credits. According to the Energy Star folks, storm windows may qualify for up to a $1,500 federal tax credit.  What better way to preserve one of the most character-defining [...]

Historic Preservation and the Portland Plan

Starting this evening, the City of Portland is launching a series of new Portland Plan workshops and they want your input. Our hope is that all of these conversations include the issue of historic preservation and how preserving the fabric and character of our traditional neighborhoods is one component of a sustainable future. We will [...]

Welcome to Portland Preservation!

With this inaugural post, the Bosco-Milligan Foundation / Architectural Heritage Center has significantly expanded our historic preservation technical assistance and advocacy work. Thanks to a matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we have created this blog to keep people better informed and to expand participation in historic preservation issues and [...]