[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2011-11-29

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Tue Nov 29 08:56:43 PST 2011

In This Issue:
1. Public Service Building listed in Register
2. Museum Office Manager Position Open
3. Ermatinger House Proposals Sought
4. Preservation Award Deadline Approaches
5. CAP Deadline Extended

The Portland Public Service Building in downtown Portland is Oregon’s
latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places. Although the
30-year old building does not meet the 50-year guideline for listing in
the Register, the building received recognition for its exceptional
importance in the field of architecture.

Constructed in 1982, the Portland Public Service Building is an early
and seminal work of Post-Modern Classicism, an American Style defined by
internationally-known master architect Michael Graves through his early
work. Awarded to Michael Graves in 1980, the Portland Building project
design ignited a national conversation about Post-Modern architecture in
trade magazines, such as Architectural Record and Archetype, and general
publications like “People”, “Time”, and “Newsweek”. 
Both revered and reviled, the ground-breaking fifteen-story monumental
structure rejected the “universal” Modernist principals embodied in the
glass and concrete boxes of the early 20th century. The building favored
bold and symbolic color, well-defined volumes, and stylized,
reinterpreted-classical elements such as pilasters, garlands, and
keystones, and physically and symbolically tied to place, its use, and
the Western architectural tradition. In 1985, the building’s design was
fully realized when the hammered copper statue Portlandia by well-known
sculptor Raymond Kaskey was placed on its pedestal above the main entry
in 1985. 
While criticism of the building’s structural adequacy and aesthetic
continue, students of design and architecture still study its design.
The Portland Building gained and still demands such immediate attention
as one of a handful of high-profile building designs that defined
Post-Modern Classicism in the United States between the mid-1960s and
the 1980s. 
Oregon’s State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation recommended
the building’s nomination in June 2011. More than 560 historic Portland
properties are now listed in the National Register, which is maintained
by the National Park Service under the authority of the National
Historic Preservation Act of 1966. To learn more about the National
Register and recent Oregon listings visit www. oregonheritage.org (click
on “National Register” at left of page). 
The Lane County Historical Museum has an opening for a part-time (20-24
hours per week) office manager. The successful candidate will have three
years experience in an office setting, bookkeeping skills and computer
literacy (Microsoft Office). A candidate with experience working with
other museums, cultural organizations, or non-profits is a plus. 
This position will maintain and administer financial records and
accounts payable, receivable, and inventory using Quick Books software.
Additionally, the person in this position creates monthly financial
reports, assists with budget preparation, and provides administrative
and secretarial support for director. Other duties include supervision
of receptionists and cash register operation, payroll reporting,
membership, and inventory oversight. Candidates must be able to lift 40
pounds and climb stairs. 
To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Bob Hart, Director, Lane
County Historical Museum, 740 West 13th Ave., Eugene, OR 97402, or email
documents to director at lanecountyhistoricalsociety.org. Send materials
for arrival by 4 p.m., Dec. 12. For more information, call (541)
Oregon City's Community Services Division is seeking the services of a
qualified consultant to provide Architectural Plans and Engineering
Specifications for the Rehabilitation of the Francis Ermatinger House.
The anticipated contract start date is Jan. 1, 2012 with contract
duration of approximately five months. The deadline for receipt of
proposals is 5 p.m., Dec. 13.
Copies of this Request for Proposals may be examined at Oregon City
Hall, located at 625 Center Street, Oregon City, or at the Oregon City
Community Development Offices located at 221 Molalla Ave. Oregon City,
OR 97045 or by visiting
Direct inquiries to project manager Christina Robertson-Gardiner by
phone (503) 657-0891, fax (503) 657-3880 or email crobertson at orcity.org
. Statements made by the City's project manager are not binding upon the
contracting agency unless confirmed by written addendum. 

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
(AIC) and Heritage Preservation currently seek nominations for the 2012
award. Nominees should be not for profit organizations of any size
responsible for cultural property that may include collections, historic
sites and structures. Cultural property is defined as material that may
be artistic, historic, scientific, religious or social and is an
invaluable and irreplaceable legacy that must be preserved for future
generations. Collections can include fine arts, library and archival
materials, natural history, natural science, musical instruments,
textiles, technology, archaeology, ethnography and photography.
Nominations are due December 15.
AIC and Heritage Preservation annually present the Ross Merrill Award
for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections
to an organization in North America that has been exemplary in the
importance and priority it has given to conservation concerns and in the
commitment it has shown to the preservation and care of its cultural
For more information, contact Elsa Huxley by phone (202) 233-0800 or
e-mail ehuxley(a)heritagepreservation.org (
mailto:ehuxley at heritagepreservation.org )or visit
http://www.heritagepreservation.org/awards/Index.html .

The deadline to submit an application for the 2012 Conservation
Assessment Program (CAP) is now 11:59 p.m. Dec. 15. For questions about
the application process, contact CAP staff by phone (202) 233-0800 or
email cap at heritagepreservation.org . To download an application in
Microsoft Word or PDF format, visit
www.heritagepreservaton.org/cap/application.html . The application is
also available as an online fill-in form. 

Save the dates for the 2012 Oregon Heritage Conference: April 26 -28!

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