Preserve, Reuse, and Pass Forward Oregon's Historic Resources...
Last week I mentioned that
Christmas Preservation Roundup might have come early this week due to Veteran’s Day… Well, I apologize for those who stayed up all night waiting for the Roundup, there was just too much news to share for us to get it done on the holiday’s eve. Plus, today makes the perfect opportunity to do our very least to honor Oregon’s veterans with photographs of some of the state’s best military-related landmarks. With our work on the Tillamook Bay Life-Saving Station this year, we have gained a greater appreciation than ever for the dedication and service that past generations of Oregonians gave to their state and country. Thanks to Building Oregon for these fab photos.
This week brings a lot of great news from around the state. Some significant grant money is flowing into small town preservation, there are a few new listings on the National Register, the Main Street Program is getting some positive press, and, well, you’ll have to read on for the rest.
Albany. The "Castle of Chaos" finds a place in the National Register, and volunteers are building something new that is just plain neat.
Astoria. Just as midterms have wrapped up, it’s time to start thinking about Clatsop Community College’s winter course schedule. And, the big bridge is slated for a facelift.
Bend. The Amateur Athletic Club will be getting some repairs thanks to a $20,000 grant.
Brownsville. The 1910 Corner Cafe has suffered an unfortunate fire.
Central Point. Get your hands dirty this weekend at the site of Fort Lane.
Coquille. A still-in-use 1937 refrigerator is recycled by the Energy Trust of Oregon, leading some to ask if replacement really is the best option (personally, I'd love to own one of these "inefficient" fridges).
Corvallis. The Daily Barometer looks at ADA in OSU's historic buildings.
Corbett. Springdale School makes the National Register and is gearing up to make use of a big loan. And guess who authored the National Register nomination? Our fab summer intern Patience Stuart!
HPLOvile. The HPLO Board of Directors has elected Portland designer Matthew Roman to serve as the League’s new Board President. Matthew will be taking the torch from longtime President Mike Teskey with Board member Paul Falsetto elected to fill Matthew’s old shoes as the HPLO’s Vice President. We couldn’t be more excited to have Matthew and Paul at the helm and owe Mike our biggest thanks for all of the amazing work he’s done for the organization over the past decade. And, speaking of next year, the HPLO will be tackling "Oregon's Historic Masonry Buildings" as the topic of the 2012 Preservation Roundtable.
Jacksonville. Take a rare peek inside the Beekman House and catch a cemetery tour tomorrow. If you can't make it to the house, be sure to take the online survey to help chart a course for the struggling 1873 property.
La Grande. The Liberty will be getting some needed repairs.
Lake Oswego. A new approach to downtown revitalization is coming to town and up to four historically significant residential properties may be threatened with alternation or demo (that includes the for-sale 1850s Carman House).
Out-and-about. We've got the Field Guide to American Houses, so why not a Field Guide to Local Preservationists?
Redmond. The Old Redmond Schoolhouse may still be up for demolition if a new plan isn’t adopted soon. Locals are searching for the $2,500 needed to support an initial feasibility study (if you know where they can get the money by month’s end, let us know).
Oregon City. I alluded to it a few weeks back, but the Ermatinger House is the proud recipient of two grants that’ll help bring it $25,000 closer to restoration (thank you SHPO and National Trust!).
Portland. An interesting addition is planned for a 1920s downtown building, City Hall is talking about $30.5 million for Veterans Memorial Coliseum, "It’s a good place to be a pipe" (I know, I know, that one needs context), the former Arleta Library is looking for a new lease on life, work is progressing on the Yeon Building remodel, a helluva researcher gets mentioned in an article about Old Portland's newest collection of zombie building elements, the Irvington sign is on vacation, work continues on Union Station, PICA is going MCM, and next weekend brings an AHC program on Knighton.
Salem. The Deepwood Estate is will be getting some structural repairs this summer.
Sandy. The Sandy Main Street Program has been in the news.
Springfield. Ditto for Springfield's as well.
Statewide. The 1000 Friends of Oregon gets a profile piece in the O and the UO has put out a call for nominations to next year's George McMath Preservation Award.
Talent. "Life on the farm" is the topic of discussion.
West Linn. The City is surveying a historic neighborhood and voters have decided to replace the 1930s Police Station (local advocates aren't sure what will happen to the building once it is vacated).
Okay, so that was a lot of preservation news to round up. And, if you indeed read through all of it you're probably ready for a drink of water like this 1950s Eugenian (Eugenite? Eugener?) taking a drink out of the long-ago relocated Spanish-American War Memorial in downtown Eugene.
Although not all this week's news is great (see: Brownsville fire, Lake Oswego advocacy, and Redmond needing $2500 for it's old school), there are a lot of things happening around the state. Although us at HPLO HQ are here for the day, those of you who have today off should get out there while the weather's nice and take some photos for us to include in next week's Preservation Roundup.
Happy Veteran's Day, all.