[Heritage] Oregon Heritage News 2012-05-04

Heritage Info heritage.info at state.or.us
Fri May 4 08:57:52 PDT 2012

In this Issue:
1. Oregon Black Pioneers Seeks Photos and Artifacts
2. AHC Sets Walking Tours, Lectures in Portland
3. List of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places to be Announced
4. Chicago Architect to Present Keynote at McMath Symposium
The Oregon Black Pioneers is planning an exhibit at the Oregon
Historical Society Museum, which will explore Portland’s early African
American experience with the railroad through the mid 1900s.  The group
is seeking photographs and artifacts that depict the lives of Portland’s
African Americans and their families in relation to the railroad.  The
deadline for gathering materials is June 15.
For additional information about the exhibit, contact Gwen Carr at
gwecar at comcast.net . To offer photos and artifacts, email Jackie
Peterson-Loomis at Jackielp at comcast.net . 
The Architectural Heritage Center (AHC) will host several walking tours
and a lecture during May. Tours include the Skidmore / Old Town Historic
District on May 10, featuring Portland’s only National Historic Landmark
District, which contains the highest concentration of cast-iron fronted
buildings on the west coast – with much of the iron produced locally.
On May 17, a tour through Sullivan’s Gulch, the remaining neighborhood
of Ralph Lloyd’s Holladay Addition, will feature some wonderful
architecture; and on May 24 a tour through Lair Hill, one of Portland’s
oldest residential neighborhoods, will take place.
William Hawkins and Wes Risherwill provide an introduction to the
origins of Portland’s park system, featuring the Olmsted Brothers’ Park
and Boulevard Plan, from 10 – 11:30 a.m., May 19 at the Architectural
Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland (
).In 1903, the City of Portland hired the Olmsted Brothersto create a
plan for a vast network of city parks and landscaped boulevards,
resulting in many familiar places today, such as Terwilliger Boulevard
and Mt. Tabor Park, and others like Hawthorne Park lost through time. 
For further information, visit www.visitahc.org (
http://www.visitahc.org/ ) or call (503) 231-7264. 
The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO) will announce its
list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places for 2012 at a noon luncheon, May
22, at the University Club, 1225 SW Sixth Ave., Portland. Congressman
Earl Blumenauer, the event’s keynote speaker, will speak on the “return
on investment” generated by preservation and adaptive reuse, and reflect
upon the state and federal legislation that has boosted economic
development of our historic places.
Every year historic properties across Oregon are rehabilitated and
reused, enriching neighborhoods, revitalizing Main Streets, attracting
heritage tourism, and conserving valuable resources. Nominated by
citizens from around the state, properties on Oregon’s Most Endangered
Places list will receive assistance from the HPLO to address immediate
threats and develop strategies for long term viability. They will also
have the opportunity to apply for a seed grant from the HPLO to start
their preservation efforts.
For further information, visit www.HistoricPreservationLeague.org (
http://www.historicpreservationleague.org/ ) or call (503) 243-1923.
Gunny Harboe, an award-winning preservation architect, will be the
keynote speaker at the inaugural George McMath Symposium from 10 – 11:15
a.m., May 30, at the University in
Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 N.W. Couch St., Portland. Harboe, of
Harboe Architects in Chicago, will present “Restoring Chicago's Icons: A
Public/Private Partnership.” Over the past 20 years, Harboe has been
responsible for preservation work on some of Chicago's most iconic
historic landmarks, including the Rookery Building, Reliance Building,
Carson Pirie Scott and Co. Store and the Chicago Board of Trade
The McMath symposium explores key contemporary issues in preservation
by bringing in leading spokespersons from around the nation. It is held
in concert with presentation of the George McMath Historic Preservation
Award, which this year honors Portland architect Hal Ayotte and takes
place following the symposium during a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. – 1
p.m., also at the UO in Portland White Stag Block.
The deadline for symposium reservations is May 16. For further
information, visit http://hp.uoregon.edu/mcmath or call (541) 346-3697.


For a complete list of Historic Preservation Month events, go to
www.oregonheritage.org/OPRD/HCD/calendar.shtml .

Oregon Heritage News is a service of the Oregon Heritage Commission.
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