June 17, 2020 – One of the most significant collections of architectural artifacts in the western United States is now under one roof.
AHC’s collection consists of thousands of building pieces salvaged by Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, who established the Bosco-Milligan Foundation and donated their collection for public benefit. Until recently, the collections were housed in two different locations. But this month, longtime Collections Curator Doug Magedanz led a move that consolidated the AHC collections into a warehouse in SE Portland. This has long been a goal for the AHC, and we are thrilled to be able to accomplish this move, even during these uncertain times.
As part of the move, groups of artifacts were donated to several local organizations. A group of frieze panels (pictured above) were donated to Portland Public Schools to be installed in the new Lincoln High School. The frieze panels were originally in the old Lincoln High School, which is now part of the PSU campus, so we are returning them to the school district.
Oregon Black Pioneers received a bench from the old Fox Theater that was originally used as as segregated seating in the theater. Thank you to the Rebuilding Center for providing volunteer support for the move. Thanks also to O’Neill Transfer and Storage for help with the move!