Ornamental Plaster: The Modern Craftspeople Keeping an Ancient Art Alive

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 [...]

Ornamental Plaster: The Modern Craftspeople Keeping an Ancient Art Alive2022-08-09T15:44:01-07:00

Progress on the Thompson Elk Fountain

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. [...]

Progress on the Thompson Elk Fountain2022-05-12T11:50:33-07:00

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

Urban Lives, Old Spaces: Powell’s Books

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 [...]

Urban Lives, Old Spaces: Powell’s Books2021-11-20T12:26:46-08:00

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

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

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 [...]

Bringing their histories like gifts to the table2020-09-30T12:03:34-07:00

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

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 [...]

AHC Advocacy Affects Portland Multi-Dwelling Zoning Changes2020-09-30T12:24:00-07:00

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 [...]

Continued appeal on behalf of the New Chinatown/Japantown Historic District2020-09-30T12:25:11-07:00
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