Plaster Demo at AHC Open House August 13, 11am-2pm Come see the process of restoring plaster for yourself at AHC’s upcoming Open House on August 13. The event runs from 11-2 and will feature walking tours every half hour, ice cream and live music; demonstrations by members of the Plasterers Union Local 82 begin at [...]
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The Bosco-Milligan Foundation appreciates that the Portland City Council voted May 11 to restore the landmark Thompson Elk Fountain to its original location on SW Main Street. The outpouring of public support for the fountain changed the city’s view about saving this important piece of historic art. Thompson Elk Fountain postcard from 1916. [...]
In the early days of the automobile boom, service stations specifically geared toward batteries and electrical components were commonplace. Johnnie Walker Inc. operated out of a then new building still standing at NW 9th & Everett, sharing the space with the Willard Storage Battery Co., an early manufacturer of automotive batteries based in Cleveland, Ohio. [...]
This is a collaborative project between the AHC and the Japanese American Museum of Oregon. The project was awarded a grant from the Telling the Full History Fund program from the National Trust for Historic Preservation (see a full list a grant awards) and made possible through the National Endowment for the Humanities’ American Rescue [...]
March 2022 - The Architectural Heritage Center/Bosco-Milligan Foundation is greatly concerned about the destruction of the David P. Thompson Elk Fountain, one of Portland’s most cherished artworks and a city designated landmark. We, like many thousands of Portlanders, want to see the fountain restored to the historic location where it was placed 122 years [...]
Urban Lives, Old Spaces is a blog series that chronicles the shifting lives of historic spaces and how the built environment connects with contemporary issues in our lives. Featuring a different space in each blog, guest writer Lainie Ettinger looks at the resilience of historic places and the changing role they play in making Portland more [...]
The Portland City Council approved what is a comprehensive revision to regulations for the city’s historic resources on January 26 (see our earlier blog post Weigh in on the City Code Project). The approval included one important provision intended to discourage long-term neglect by owners of historic buildings hoping to demolish them. The council’s [...]
Urban Lives, Old Spaces is a blog series that chronicles the shifting lives of historic spaces and how the built environment connects with contemporary issues in our lives. Featuring a different space in each blog, guest writer Lainie Ettinger looks at the resilience of historic places and the changing role they play in making Portland [...]
Three Portland City Council members have suggested important amendments that would substantially improve proposed city rules for regulating Portland’s designated landmarks and historic districts. You can find out more about this project to update city code for historic resources in our October blog. From a list of eight proposed amendments, these three amendments are [...]
Our popular series on how to research the history of a vintage home or building is back. In this series, educator and historian Val Ballestrem takes you through some of the steps necessary to uncover the history of your house or Portland area building, using the latest online sources, local archives, and libraries. The series will [...]