Longtime AHC collections curator retires

October 27 - It's bittersweet that we announce the retirement of our colleague Doug Magedanz from the Architectural Heritage Center this fall. As collections curator for over 13 years at the AHC, Doug has thoughtfully stewarded the unique body of architectural artifacts bequeathed to us by our founders Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan. Doug has [...]

Longtime AHC collections curator retires2020-11-18T17:24:37-08:00

Artifact move unites the collections

June 17, 2020 - One of the most significant collections of architectural artifacts in the western United States is now under one roof. Frieze panels from the AHC collections were donated to Portland Public Schools to be installed in the renovated Lincoln High School. AHC's collection consists of thousands of building pieces salvaged [...]

Artifact move unites the collections2020-09-30T12:02:25-07:00

Project to protect African American historic resources moves forward

UPDATED February 29, 2020 - The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation voted unanimously on February 28 to forward the MPD to the Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places for final approval and listing. UPDATED January 28, 2020 - The Portland Historic Landmarks Commission reviewed the MPD at its meeting on January 27 [...]

Project to protect African American historic resources moves forward2020-09-30T12:14:24-07:00

Preservation Legislative Alert

UPDATE (April 2, 2019): Your testimony is still needed! Please submit your testimony by Wednesday afternoon, April 3, before the next committee hearing. Address your testimony to Senator Dembrow (committee chair) and to the committee clerk, and email it to: [email protected] [email protected] Two important legislative bills that could have substantial positive impact on preservation are [...]

Preservation Legislative Alert2020-09-11T15:42:17-07:00

Catherine Mary Galbraith, 1950-2018

Cathy Galbraith at the Architectural Heritage Center, whose careful restoration she led and oversaw from 1994-2005. Photo by Lincoln Barbour, 2009. It is with sorrow that we announce the death of Cathy Galbraith, founding director of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation. We are saddened that the preservation community has lost one of its greatest advocates. [...]

Catherine Mary Galbraith, 1950-20182020-09-11T15:42:17-07:00

Federal Historic Tax Credit Saved

The Architectural Heritage Center, in coalition with preservationists around the nation, worked non-stop to save an important feature of the federal tax code during the recent reform efforts – the 20% Historic Tax Credit (HTC). Under threat of elimination since 2014, the HTC has nonetheless a proven track record since its passage in 1976 of [...]

Federal Historic Tax Credit Saved2020-09-11T15:42:18-07:00

Historic Code Improvement Project Roundtables

Your input is needed for the City of Portland’s Historic Code Improvement Project of the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS). This important zoning code initiative will shape local heritage conservation for years to come as it investigates potential changes and updates to how the city identifies, designates, and protects historic resources. Four public roundtables [...]

Historic Code Improvement Project Roundtables2020-09-11T15:42:20-07:00

FIX PROBLEMATIC OREGON HOUSE BILL 2007

The Board of Directors of the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center, who agree fully with the need for affordable housing, voted unanimously to oppose Oregon House Bill 2007 as currently written. We urge you to read the entire bill and amendments, and take action by contacting your legislators. If you don’t already know how to identify [...]

FIX PROBLEMATIC OREGON HOUSE BILL 20072017-05-23T13:00:34-07:00

Cornerstones Continued: Architectural Heritage Center and the City of Portland Working Together to Document Portland’s African American Historic Resources

Rutherford Home, 1920, 833 NE Shaver, First home of the NAACP Credit Union. April 4, 2017 We are pleased to announce to our AHC members and to all of our supporters that the Bosco-Milligan Foundation/Architectural Heritage Center was selected through an RFP process by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning & Sustainability [...]

Cornerstones Continued: Architectural Heritage Center and the City of Portland Working Together to Document Portland’s African American Historic Resources2020-09-11T15:42:21-07:00

A Message From Bosco-Milligan Foundation President Fred Leeson

By almost any measure, 2016 was a dramatic year for the Bosco-Milligan Foundation and our beloved Architectural Heritage Center.  We lost two long-time pillars of our staff, Cathy Galbraith and Phillip Austin, to retirement, and another, Barbara Pierce, to an unanticipated move to the East Coast. The best possible news is that we filled all [...]

A Message From Bosco-Milligan Foundation President Fred Leeson2020-09-11T15:42:21-07:00
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