Portland historic preservation

Beer and history for the win

857A1CE0-C2F3-4CBC-9CA0-84FD5C60FFBD.JPGThe historic I. O. O. F. Orient Lodge / P.P.A.A. building at SE 6th and Alder is now the most-excellent Loyal Legion Beer Hall. 

Originally built in 1908 it was described as a “handsome reinforced concrete building.”

From the Loyal Legion’s website:

The P.P.A.A. building was an architectural “unauthorized copy” of the Voysey building in London, England.  The building was originally commissioned by the International Organization Of Oddfellows (I.O.O.F.) and was named the Orient Lodge #17 at its completion. The Lodge was used as the I.O.O.F. meeting hall through the first half of the 1900s.  Some of the most advanced building techniques of the day were used at its construction such as a complete steel-reinforced concrete structure which was unheard of on the East side of the river at the time.

It’s a great place to grab a beer and burger and soak up some local history if you’re ever in Portland.

Rendering from 1908 (Oregonian).
Oregon Real Estate

On the Market: threefer in Baker City, Ore.

Screen Shot 2020-02-23 at 11.14.30 AMPreservationists, entrepreneurs, or hoteliers take note: The Antlers & Rogers Hotels, as well as The Telephone Company buildings, are for sale. Here are the details:

  • Antlers hotel: Historic four-story brick hotel, main floor contains fully finished/leased commercial spaces. Upper 3 floors ready for build out.
  • Rogers building: Historic three-story tuff-stone hotel, main floor contains two leased commercial spaces. Upper 2 floors ready for build out.
  • Telephone Co. building: Recently used as a residence, this 6,000+ building was the original phone company to Baker and also served as an upscale restaurant.





Go here for more. As they say in the biz, bring your ideas. Antlers & Rogers can be sold separately.

Oregon Design and Architecture

1970s Oregon A-frame for rent

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One of the criteria for designation on the National Register of Historic Places states that properties under the age of fifty should not be considered eligible unless the property is of “exceptional importance.” That means buildings constructed in 1970+ now have the chance to be designated as historic.

With that, presenting one groovy pad from 1974.

The home, available on Airbnb, is an A-frame described by its owners as “Wes Anderson meets David Lynch” (we won’t disagree).  The cabin is a mix of original features, from the custom orange carpet and spiral stairs, with modern updates, like the stainless steel appliances and gas fireplace.

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Go here to see about staying the night.

Portland historic preservation

The Henry is getting an ‘Occupied Seismic Remodel’

IMG_1281The Henry, in downtown Portland, built in 1909, is having some work done on it.

The proposed design (well, now obviously approved) includes:

repairing or replacing deteriorating existing exterior building features, upgrading the building to minimum life-safety seismic requirements, reprograming the level 1 and basement use, and add approximately 1,870 square feet to the six-story mixed-use development.

And, what’s an occupied remodel? Just what it sounds like:

As part of the project, a partially occupied renovation requirement exists in the development and construction agreements. The partial occupancy requirement includes maintaining periodic occupancy of two ground floor commercial tenants through phased construction.

When it originally opened in 1909, the apartment building was described as one of “the most stately, distinctive and best arranged office buildings on the coast.”

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Oregon Design and Architecture

House of the week: Baker City Beauty

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On the market for over a year, this historic beauty near downtown Baker City features beautiful woodwork throughout (and “so much potential”). Oversized lot, patio, garage and potential living quarters above the garage.

4 bedroom, 2.5 baths, with an asking price of $475,000

See the original listing for more info and pics.

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Oregon History

Sign up for Grant Workshop for your Oregon preservation project

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Oregon Heritage Grants Coordinator, Kuri Gill, will lead a workshop on applying for the Preserving Oregon Grant. This workshop specifically addresses those applying for archaeology projects. Content will include an orientation on the grant system and going through the questions with tips to make applications more competitive. For more information about the Preserving Oregon Grant visit here.

Workshop will take place February 14 at Oregon Parks and Recreation Department headquarters at 725 Summer St. NE, Salem, Room 124A. For more information contact Kuri. 

This is a free workshop. To register for online access go here.

Portland Real Estate

On the market: Downtown Portland’s 1890s Concord Building


The Concord Building (built in the 1890s) is on the market for $7,500,000.

The property was built in 1896 and has been recently renovated including a refreshed lobby and updates to interior tenant spaces to showcase the building’s historic character. 

According to the listing:

The 27,747 square-foot historic asset ideally located at the base of the Morrison Bridge in the heart of the CBD’s Technology Triangle. With occupancy of 64.5% and a weighted average lease term of 3.9 years, the property offers a rare opportunity for new ownership to add immediate value by completing lease-up in Portland’s dynamic and competitive office market.



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Visit the listing to find out more.

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Serve on Milwaukie’s historic city hall committee

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Milwaukie City Hall was built by the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works, between 1937 and 1938.  

Help write Milwaukie City Hall’s next chapter. With plans in place to move city services to another building in a few years, the city is looking for volunteers to serve on a committee that will help determine how the current City Hall should be used in the future. Restaurant? Brewpub? Affordable housing?

The current Milwaukie City Hall has served the community since 1937. Now, as the city plans to move to a newer building, City Council is asking for help in deciding how the current city hall site should be used in the future. 

Do you live in Milwaukie? Submit an application to serve on the City Hall Blue Ribbon Committee, a short-duration advisory committee that will include city representatives and community partners.

Committee members will learn about the historic significance of the site, historic preservation laws, operational costs and limitations, and development market conditions. The committee will help create development goals for the site and help structure the public engagement effort with the broader community.

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