Preserve, Reuse, and Pass Forward Oregon's Historic Resources...
After nearly two months of review, homework, and difficult decision making, the Board of Directors of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon have settled on the 2012 list of Oregon's Most Endangered Places. Friends of preservation from Klamath Falls to Redmond, Astoria to Portland nominated 22 historic places to this year's list. And while every one of the nominated places are worthy of local attention, interpretation, and stewardship, the difficult decision was made to list only nine places as Most Endangered; each of which are historically significant and in need of strategic assistance from the HPLO, local partner organizations, and preservation advocates from around the state. We couldn't be more excited about working with a great group of properties and the equally great preservationists in their communities
The list will be announced at a benefit luncheon this coming Tuesday in Portland. In addition to the announcement, Congressman Earl Blumenauer will be in attendance to discuss efforts at the state and federal level to preserve and rehabilitate places that matter to their communities. Tickets for the event are $40 and must be ordered by end-of-day Thursday.
In other news, for those of you who diligently read the HPLO's regular Preservation Roundup, here is this week's snapshot of preservation news from around the state:
Astoria. The HPLO's Preservation Roundtable and the local Preservation Fair were big hits last weekend and, appropriately, the Oregonian profiled plans to rehab and reuse the old depot building.
Beaverton. Supporters of the John Quincy Adams Young House are looking for options to raise $650,000 towards the rehabilitation of the 1869 building.
Cottage Grove. As a response to local and HPLO efforts to save Dr. Pierce's Barn, the city is looking to revise their demolition ordinance to ensure better protection of historic places.
Eugene. As mentioned last week, the new plan for Civic Stadium is gaining some traction.
Lake Oswego. The City has a plan for the Iron Workers Cottage.
Oregon City. The historic Barclay House has received an appropriate new roof.
Portland. The Hillsdale neighborhood (of all places) is showing that the Main Street Program is a proven model for revitalizing historic commercial districts, the DJC focuses on window repair, changes to Memorial Coliseum pass muster with the Landmarks Commission, and Portland Monthly takes a look at the HPLO's upcoming Rummer tour.
Shedd. Plans are in place to repair the flood-damaged 1858 Thompson’s Mills.
That's it for this week's Preservation Roundup. We look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday to show our support for preserving places across Oregon. Thanks to Drew Nasto for the photo of the Arciform booth at the Astoria Preservation Fair.