Local History

Threatened with Demolition: Portland’s Old Waverly Children’s Home

Last week we mentioned that the old Waverly Children's Home (3550 SE Woodward) was slated for demolition, as plans are in the works for a new development on the site. On Monday evening, August 8th at 7PM, the Richmond Neighborhood Association will be hearing more from the developer about his plans for 18 new home sites. If you are concerned about this development, I encourage you [...]

Several Demolitions Planned in Southeast Portland

We hear fairly frequently about buildings being demolished around the city because they have no protections against such action. Indeed this is the case for most properties that do not have some sort of historic designation  - like a listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Earlier in the summer it seemed there was a lull around Portland [...]

A Sad Existence for an Erstwhile Greyhound Garage

In the shadow of the Marquam Bridge lies a little know building that was once a state of the art garage for Greyhound buses. Recently Architectural Heritage Center volunteer Lauren Radwanski, brought this building to our attention, as it appears on the verge of demolition. In fact, building owners Portland General Electric, have had the property [...]

Efforts to Create a National Register Historic District in Buckman Continue

For more than a year, the all-volunteer Buckman Historic Association has been working on the preliminary phase of a National Register of Historic Places nomination for the oldest portion of this southeast Portland neighborhood. During this time they've criss-crossed every street within the proposed historic district, probably more than twice, in an effort to effectively  survey the [...]

Irvington Gains National Register Designation

It was announced earlier this week that the Irvington neighborhood has received its long-sought designation as a National Register Historic District. This is terrific and deserved news for one of Portland's finest neighborhoods. Congratulations to the hundreds of volunteers that worked very hard on the nomination. You can read more or download the nomination here.

Firefighters Memorial and Yeon Visitors Center Receive National Register Recognition

It is now official, the David Campbell Memorial, also known as the Portland Firefighters Memorial, has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This is wonderful news and hopefully puts to rest any concerns that the memorial will be dismantled and parts used in a new memorial on the east bank of the Willamette. The [...]

New Exhibit on South Portland and Urban Renewal

    Thanks to a grant from Oregon Humanities, the Architectural Heritage Center has put together a new exhibit: Re-Building South Portland. This exhibit tells the story of how a once thriving immigrant neighborhood was virtually destroyed by urban renewal and freeway construction in the 1960s. If you are interested in local history, urban planning and [...]

Cast Iron Portland – AHC Unveils New Online Exhibit

Thanks to the hard work of Beth Fischer, the first ever William J. Hawkins III FAIA intern, the Architectural Heritage Center has just published a new online exhibit Cast Iron Portland. This exciting new exhibit tells the story of how Portland became home to one of the largest collections of cast iron-fronted buildings [...]

Commemorative Plaques to Honor Povey Brother Glass Company

Perhaps the most important stained glass window producers the Pacific Northwest has ever known, the Povey Brothers Glass Company may soon receive some much deserved recognition. The owner of the Povey Glass Co. Building at 408 NW 5th is proposing to place two bronze plaques on the former factory/warehouse to commemorate the Povey's and their [...]

PSU Gets Demolition Permit for Apartment Buildings

Last month PSU dismantled one of the few remaining Victorian era houses in the path of their so-called "progress". Now the City recently issued demolition permits for the apartment buildings at 506-518 SW College. Coming soon will be a 16 story student housing building that will erase the entire block except for the small  privately [...]