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Bringing their histories like gifts to the table

June 4, 2020 - "When people feel left out of history, by design - when their achievements are ignored and left out - they will create enclaves of their own, both healthy and unhealthy, for self affirmation. But when all are involved, they will bring their histories as gifts to the table." -Dr. Kenneth Smith [...]

Candidates discuss issues related to our city’s built environment

Updated July 30 - The AHC asked Dan Ryan and Loretta Smith, the two candidates running for Portland City Commissioner 2, about their views on equity, livability, and emergency preparedness issues as they relate to the city's built environment. Read their ideas. May 6, 2020 - Portland’s primary election takes place on May 19, 2020. We wanted to [...]

AHC Advocacy Affects Portland Multi-Dwelling Zoning Changes

December 17, 2019 - Efforts by the AHC advocacy committee and other historic preservation advocates have resulted in additional protections for historic resources in Portland’s multi-dwelling zones. Following almost two years of development, the Portland City Council adopted the Better Housing by Design changes on Wednesday, December 18th.  These code changes become effective in March [...]

Continued appeal on behalf of the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District

Photo by Brian Johnson. UPDATED February 4, 2020 - In an opinion issued last week, an Oregon Court of Appeals ruling upheld the state Land Use Board of Appeals August 2019 ruling on compatible heights in the Chinatown-Japantown historic district and agreed with us that the City of Portland did not show how [...]

AHC Weighs in on Better Housing by Design

The AHC submitted written testimony on the Better Housing by Design proposed draft of May 2018. Below is a copy of our testimony submitted to the Planning and Sustainability Commission, City of Portland. You can read more about Better Housing by Design on the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability website.    The Board of Directors of [...]

Jackie Peterson-Loomis wins preservation award

Jackie Peterson-Loomis and Jennifer Fang in 2016 sorting through Chinese-American history items owned by Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, which the BMF/AHC subsequently transferred to the Portland Chinatown Museum for its use. We’re very happy that BMF/AHC Board Member Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis, Ph.D. is being awarded the Historic Preservation Award as part of the [...]

AHC Board Member Rick Michaelson 2018 McMath Award Recipient

Rick Michaelson and Karen Karlsson We are absolutely thrilled to announce that long-time AHC board member Rick Michaelson is the winner of the 2018 George McMath Historic Preservation Award presented by the University of Oregon College of Design/School of Architecture and Environment. The AHC prepared the nomination, in collaboration with Restore Oregon. You [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Lots of Interest in Recent Historic District Panel Program Held at the AHC

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, the Architectural Heritage Center hosted a panel discussion on Local and National Register Historic Districts. The AHC classroom was completely full as each panelist gave a short presentation on the historic district theme, followed by a lively moderated Q & A segment led by Kristen Minor of Peter Meijer Architect. [...]