The Johnnie Walker sign is now part of the AHC collections

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. [...]

The Johnnie Walker sign is now part of the AHC collections2022-04-15T16:00:22-07:00

Tribute to Pauline Miller Bradford

January 13, 2021 - Pauline received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Portland State University in 1970.  She then accepted an offer from Portland Public Schools to teach at Peninsula Elementary School.  She started as a kindergarten teacher.  In 1979, she took a sabbatical and completed her Masters in Education from the University of [...]

Tribute to Pauline Miller Bradford2021-03-03T11:31:31-08:00

Longtime AHC collections curator retires

October 27, 2020 - 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 [...]

Longtime AHC collections curator retires2021-03-03T11:27:56-08:00

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 collections2021-01-05T11:07:53-08:00

Project to protect African American historic resources moves forward

January 8, 2020 - We’re excited to share an important update on a project that will help honor and protect the culturally significant yet vulnerable structures of Portland’s African-American community from demolition. A draft of the National Register of Historic Places Multiple Property Documentation (MPD) form for African American resources in Portland is now [...]

Project to protect African American historic resources moves forward2022-02-16T12:11:07-08:00

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: 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 [...]

Catherine Mary Galbraith, 1950-20182020-12-09T13:05:59-08:00

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 Roundtables2021-01-05T17:12:17-08:00


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
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