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Well, after all that, the Landmarks meeting just got cancelled!  As a bonus, and with apologies to any and all of you wh...
07/12/2023

Well, after all that, the Landmarks meeting just got cancelled! As a bonus, and with apologies to any and all of you who may have been getting all bundled up to head on out to the meeting, or at least were warming up your Zoom, here is a map that shows where the OER's Jefferson Street Station was located, at the foot of SW Jefferson Street. This map shows the Portland street routing for the OE. The Cafe name is derived from the OE’s initial stage of construction, which opened to Salem in 1908; hence, the new line was known colloquially as “the Salem road.” Until August 10, 1911, Jefferson Street was the Portland terminus for the OE. At that time, the street-running link from Jefferson to the North Bank Terminal at NW 10th and Hoyt began. Construction of the extension to Albany began in September 1911, and was opened July 4, 1912.

Many thanks to Richard Engeman for dropping down a rabbit hole and doing all the research!

To provide visual interest, yesterday's Landmarks Commission post was illustrated with a photo that the Oregon Historic ...
06/12/2023

To provide visual interest, yesterday's Landmarks Commission post was illustrated with a photo that the Oregon Historic Society assured me was "A crowd of people gathered on a sidewalk in front of railway tracks on a street in Albany, Oregon." Well, FOHA's sleuths leaped into action and discovered that the image was probably taken at the Jefferson Street Oregon Electric Station in Portland, also home to the Salem Road Cafe. Note the arcade behind the crowd seems to match the arcade on the left of the station photo.

The typed caption from the back of the crowd shot reads, "Business men of Portland and members of their families turn out by the hundreds to assist the citizens of Albany, Portland's sister city, in the celebration of the coming of electric transportation to the famous Willamette Valley." In other words, the crowd was likely traveling to Albany to celebrate the opening of Albany's OE Station, seen here around its 1912 completion and in 2019 during its pizza parlor days. These days we await completion of the building's rehabilitation and its occupation by Sybaris Bistro with bated breath!

The Landmarks Commission is scheduled for a hybrid meeting in the Santiam Room (333 Broadalbin Street SW) on Wednesday, ...
05/12/2023

The Landmarks Commission is scheduled for a hybrid meeting in the Santiam Room (333 Broadalbin Street SW) on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at 6:00 p.m.
You can join the meeting remotely on Zoom: https://council.cityofalbany.net/groups/lac/zoom, or by calling in to 1-253-215-8782 and entering meeting ID 891-3470-9381 and passcode 530561.

There are no public hearings on the agenda. The commission will be discussing proper parliamentary procedure and the planned update of Article 7, the historic district overlay ordinance. https://www.albanyoregon.gov/images/stories/planning/development_code/07-Article%207-Historic%20Overlay%20District.pdf

The Landmarks Commission website: https://www.albanyoregon.gov/council/groups/lac
Agenda packet: https://www.albanyoregon.gov/mnt/html/citycouncil/bcc/archive/2023/lac_20231206_agd.pdf

As a reward for reading all the way to the bottom, here's more about the circa 1912 crowd photo from OHS: A crowd of people gathered on a sidewalk in front of railway tracks on a street in Albany, Oregon. Typed caption from the back of the print reads, "Business men of Portland and members of their families turn out by the hundreds to assist the citizens of Albany, Portland's sister city, in the celebration of the coming of electric transportation to the famous Willamette Valley."

Keeping an eye on the greater neighborhood:  The possible demolition and replacement of Corvallis' historic City Hall wi...
04/12/2023

Keeping an eye on the greater neighborhood: The possible demolition and replacement of Corvallis' historic City Hall with a "Civic Campus" will be the subject of discussion at a League of Women Voters event at Corvallis-Benton County Public Library on Wednesday, December 6, from 7-8:30 pm. The meeting is also available on Zoom.

The discussion is of interest to us because it serves as a cautionary tale of how planning fads can endanger long-standing historic preservation policies. The Civic Campus plan is also being touted as having good synergy with a possible commercial Obie Company development at the water front. Obie is the company that recently contracted with the City of Albany for the potential large-scale redevelopment of lots along Water Avenue in Albany.

🏫League of Women Voters Event info: https://lwvcorvallis.org/event/what-is-the-proposed-civic-campus/
🏫Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86099121903?pwd=eUduT2IraG0xN3FWNG9GdVZsQUcrZz09
🏫Review Corvallis City Council Work Session about the Civic Campus: https://vimeo.com/876440685
🏫See more drawings:https://lwvcorvallis.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/11/Conceptual-Renderings_Civic-Campus.pdf

03/12/2023

Get in the historic holiday mood with the (Historic) Downtown Twice Around Holiday Parade and tree lighting this Sunday, beginning at 5:00 pm. Next Sunday enjoy the 44th Annual Christmas Parlor Tour from 2:00-7:00 pm. This year's edition is downright newfangled with not one, but TWO Mid-Century Modern residences. Downtown Twice Around is Free! The Parlor Tour, which benefits the Monteith House, costs $15.00 per person. Get advance tickets at https://www.monteithhouse.org/. Day-of tickets, cash or check only, will be available at the Albany Visitor's Association, 110 3rd Avenue SE, beginning at 1 pm on tour day.

Have we whetted your appetite to join the Landmarks Commission?  Get your application in by December 1!
30/11/2023

Have we whetted your appetite to join the Landmarks Commission? Get your application in by December 1!

Are we done with eaves?  We are not!  Here’s a classic from February 2021:For a change of pace, here's a Tech Term that'...
21/11/2023

Are we done with eaves? We are not! Here’s a classic from February 2021:

For a change of pace, here's a Tech Term that's straightforward: eave return. It's the little bump at the eave on the gable end of a roof. It's like your little toe: it's a last vestige of the full triangle pediment. It's a subtle nod to classical architecture. It's a remnant whose resilience is hard to explain. An eave return costs money to do, it serves little purpose other than to structurally terminate the eave; however, you'll see eave returns still being built today. The Craftsman style said "forget it" to eave returns and substituted brackets to support an overhanging eave, but colonial architecture is persistent in the American psyche and will not let the eave return go.

Let’s expand on last week’s tech term about eaves:  Eaves are the overhanging lower edge of a roof.  Their configuration...
14/11/2023

Let’s expand on last week’s tech term about eaves: Eaves are the overhanging lower edge of a roof. Their configuration, and especially how deep they are, is often determined by architectural fashions. Functionally, eave depth has an impact on how rain sheds from a roof and how sunlight hits the walls below.

The two-story Ross House built in 1909 at 929 10th SW in the Monteith National Register Historic District has modest eaves that allow for maximum sunlight to hit the window openings. The front door is sheltered by the separate porch roof and rain shedding is assisted by gutters.

Slightly deeper eaves are characteristic of the Craftsman style. Brackets and exposed rafter tails are decorative and also support the cantilevered roof of this 1912 Bungalow on 11th Avenue SW. Exposed wooden rafter tails are vulnerable to weathering but replacing them in kind is key to maintaining a house’s character-defining profile and the shadows cast by deep eaves as seen here in a hip roofed, c. 1915 Craftsman house at 838 7th SW during and after a roof rebuild.

To decrease construction and maintenance costs during the Great Depression, eaves were all but eliminated at the 1931 Rowlee House at 1116 11th SW. Eaves tended to remain modest during and after World War II but showed new depths on some Ranch style houses in the 1950s and 1960s. This 1951 Ranch style house at 1170 Walnut SW shelters the world and a built-in planter under its super deep eaves.

It's time to revisit a classic Tech Term Tuesday post!  This was the first in the series, from way back in May 2020.  In...
07/11/2023

It's time to revisit a classic Tech Term Tuesday post! This was the first in the series, from way back in May 2020. In the coming weeks we'll revisit more classic posts and expand on some of the terminology and concepts.

FOHA is kicking off a series called Architecture Tuesday. On Tuesdays we'll post an image and then describe the architectural terms shown in the image. Today we have: the eave.

The eave pictured here is from a Craftsman-style house (c.1910) in Corvallis. The house has a twin in Albany. The two houses have a very distinctive eave that is all you need to see to find the two large houses. What makes the eave so distinctive is the crossed bargeboards at the intersection of the paired gables.

"Bargeboard" is the term for the large piece of wood (often a 2"x6") at the outside edge of the eave. Occasionally, you'll hear it called a "verge board." The underside of the eave is the "soffit." "Brackets" help support the eave and are often the most elaborated element on a Craftsman house.

In the gable end on the wall under the soffit is a Tudor-style decoration called "half-timbering." This is a revival element sometimes found on Craftsman houses. "Revival" means some architects "revived" a distinctive feature from the past, in this case the half-timbering found commonly during the Tudor period (1485-1558) in England. In the 15th century, the heavy timber structure showed through to the exterior and the voids between the timbers would be filled with brick or stucco and was called "nogging." In the 20th century, this heavy timber structure is decorative only and is applied to the surface of the wall.

Neighbors in Distress! Corvallis Preservation Emergency!The City of Corvallis is on a path to demolish their historic Ci...
13/10/2023

Neighbors in Distress! Corvallis Preservation Emergency!

The City of Corvallis is on a path to demolish their historic City Hall and replace it with a "Civic Campus Facility." This matter will be discussed at the Corvallis City Council Work Session on October 19, 4:00-6:00 pm, at 500 SW Madison Avenue.

We encourage you to submit testimony by noon on October 19th!

Corvallis' City Hall was built in 1924 as a Methodist Church. Beginning in 1948, the city began to use the building and subsequently acquired it. There have been modifications to the structure relative to its change of use. Recently (2011) the city completed a 1.1 million seismic upgrade.

"A building has an average life of 55 years." That is actually a phrase from the Corvallis City Council's work session packet. As a society, we CAN NOT continue to approach our built environment in a cavalier, disposable manner. Out landfills can't take it, our environment can't sustain it.

Here's another quote: "A Civic Campus provides an exceptional opportunity for ‘place-making’—the intention of creating public spaces that improve urban vitality and promote people's health, happiness, and well-being—which is an important element for civic investments." How is ANY of that achieved by the generic, flavor of the month glass box that is being proposed?

Supporters of preservation in Corvallis need our help! Even if you don't live in Corvallis you should let their City Council know that this REVERSES decades of preservation progress, built environment stewardship, and ERASES a sense of place.

The work packet is available at:
https://archives.corvallisoregon.gov/public/ElectronicFile.aspx?dbid=0&docid=3846690

How to submit testimony:
Written testimony is highly encouraged. City Council will accept oral comments as time allows. The deadline to register for oral testimony and to submit written comments or materials is 12:00 pm the day of the work session. Written materials for a specific work session date must be submitted via email to [email protected] or via U.S. mail to City Recorder, P.O. Box 1083,
Corvallis, OR 97333-1083 or via the public input form at www.corvallisoregon.gov/publicinput.
Register with the City Recorder at the above email address or via telephone at 541-766-6729 X5075 to orally testify via computer, telephone, or in-person. Each speaker is limited to three minutes unless otherwise granted by the Mayor.

Watch the meeting remotely at :
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6316709028939332437

The Landmarks Commission meets on Wednesday, 10/4/2023 in City Council Chambers as well as virtually, at 6:00 pm.  The t...
04/10/2023

The Landmarks Commission meets on Wednesday, 10/4/2023 in City Council Chambers as well as virtually, at 6:00 pm. The two items for review are a continuation of last month's discussion about a shed in the front yard of 640 4th Avenue SW. The photo here shows the shed in progress, and illustrates how tall it is even prior to roof construction, and how it is placed closer to the street than the main house. The other public hearing concerns the addition of railings to the front stairs at 306 6th Avenue SE.
Staff will also discuss suggestions for public outreach regarding the upcoming update of Article 7 (Historic Overlay District) of the Albany Development Code.
See the Agenda for the meeting: https://www.cityofalbany.net/images/stories/citycouncil/bcc/archive/2023/lac_20231004_agd.pdf
Read Article 7 and get ready to be reached out to:
https://www.cityofalbany.net/images/stories/cd/planning/development_code/07-Article%207-Historic%20Overlay%20District.pdf

If you're curious about developments at the Wells Fargo lot downtown, check out the Albany Revitalization Agency (ARA) m...
02/10/2023

If you're curious about developments at the Wells Fargo lot downtown, check out the Albany Revitalization Agency (ARA) meeting on Monday, October 2, 2023 at 4:00 p.m.

You can attend the meeting in person at City Hall in Council Chambers at 333 Broadalbin or virtually with Zoom https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81685288959?pwd=K1pXR0k3Z0FtWUNiSFBDMXZHWjBaQT09

The agenda with only slightly more details about the discussion is available here:
https://www.cityofalbany.net/images/stories/citycouncil/bcc/archive/2023/ara_20231002_agd.pdf

Salvage opportunity!  Anyone looking for an amazing mid-century pink tub?  This beauty will be available for pick-up in ...
30/09/2023

Salvage opportunity! Anyone looking for an amazing mid-century pink tub? This beauty will be available for pick-up in about two weeks. If you are interested, send a message or comment below.

This Wednesday's Albany City Council Meeting will include a public hearing concerning the potential sale of one or more ...
25/09/2023

This Wednesday's Albany City Council Meeting will include a public hearing concerning the potential sale of one or more Water Avenue parking lots to a Eugene-based developer. Water Avenue is not included in the Downtown Historic District. We nevertheless have concerns about how a large, out-of-scale, new construction project would impact the historic downtown. You can attend the Council meeting in person or virtually. Written comments should be submitted before noon on Wednesday.
The agenda with more information on the project and how to let your voice be heard is available at:
https://www.cityofalbany.net/images/stories/citycouncil/archive/2023/cc_20230927_agd.pdf
A local blogger on the project:
https://hh-today.com/albany-plans-to-sell-3-lots-for-development/
Developer's website:
https://www.obiecompanies.com/

Photo: FOHA's Water Avenue walking tour, Preservation Month 2021.

25/09/2023

Burning Question: Was there a 1950s style restaurant in Bi-Mart Plaza and if so, what was its name?

One more batch of photos from Antiques in the Streets.  The FOHA crew had a lot of fun hanging out with each other and w...
11/09/2023

One more batch of photos from Antiques in the Streets. The FOHA crew had a lot of fun hanging out with each other and with our neighbors from the Cumberland Community Event Center. Booth innovations this year include drive-up service and a decidedly non-historical QR-code payment method.

We're having fun with Cumberland Community Event Center at Antiques in the Streets! Where are you? Come on down and visi...
09/09/2023

We're having fun with Cumberland Community Event Center at Antiques in the Streets! Where are you? Come on down and visit a spell. We've got some awesome historic items for sale!

It's late, but worth noting that there will be a Landmarks Commission meeting tonight at 6:00 pm.  You can attend the me...
07/09/2023

It's late, but worth noting that there will be a Landmarks Commission meeting tonight at 6:00 pm. You can attend the meeting in person at Albany City Hall in Council Chambers, or virtually.

There will be two public hearings:
A) Historic Review of New Construction to construct an accessory building in the front
yard at 640 4th Avenue SW, and
B) Historic Review of Exterior Alterations for installation of rooftop mounted solar
panels for 818 Broadalbin St SW.

The images show the buildings in question, with the arrow pointing to the approximate location of the proposed construction or installation.

For details, see the Agenda athttps://www.cityofalbany.net/images/stories/citycouncil/bcc/archive/2023/lac_20230906_agd.pdf
Join the meeting virtually: https://council.cityofalbany.net/groups/lac/zoom

Less than a week until Antiques in the Streets (Saturday, 9/9/2023, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)! This year we're inviting the Cu...
04/09/2023

Less than a week until Antiques in the Streets (Saturday, 9/9/2023, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm)! This year we're inviting the Cumberland Community Event Center to join us at the corner of 2nd & Broadalbin for a joint fundraiser! Here's a sneak peak of some amazing, Albany made, R. Veal & Son rocking chairs that we're offering for sale.
If you own antiques and collectibles that no longer spark joy, consider donating them to us for sale at our booth. We'd love to help you de-clutter! Drop us a line here or at [email protected]

Preserving the past, beyond Albany edition:The Lady B is a small steel-hulled tugboat built in 1947 and is likely the la...
13/08/2023

Preserving the past, beyond Albany edition:

The Lady B is a small steel-hulled tugboat built in 1947 and is likely the last of her kind. It served many decades on the Willamette River hauling logs to mills and is one of the most illustrative—and perhaps the most unique—resources Oregon has to convey its industrial heritage. Restore Oregon is providing Advocates for Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation (WFHF), a registered 501(c)(3), technical preservation assistance as they raise funds and plan for the tug’s public display and interpretation.

Threat: Without emergency funding for temporary storage by September, the Lady B will be dismantled and permanently lost.

Needs: Within the next month, WFHF needs to secure $30,000 to move the Lady B to suitable temporary storage in West Linn. Long-term, they need to raise an additional $180,000 to secure a permanent public location, fund its historic interpretation, and pay for the tug’s nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

How You Can Help: Grant funding is being pursued but your immediate support is crucial. If you have questions, resources, expertise, or would like to make a donation, please contact Sandy Carter, WFHF Volunteer Curator, at sandy.carter"at"wordscount.biz.

August Update:
Saving the Lady B and the river history she represents!

The Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation has submitted a grant application to the Kinsman Family Foundation for emergency funding needed to move the Lady B from her current Wilsonville home.
If she isn’t moved to a new stewardship site this summer she will be sold for scrap. We’re thrilled with the Letters of Support that we received which were submitted with the grant request!

A big Thank You to the following for their support:

The Oregon Cultural Trust
The Oregon Historical Society
Restore Oregon
Willamette Falls and Landings Heritage Area Coalition
Clackamas County Historical Society

If you’re able to help or need more information, please contact Sandy Carter, at [email protected]
Lady B Subcommittee

FOHA will have a booth at Albany's Antiques in the Streets on September 9, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  This year we're inv...
03/08/2023

FOHA will have a booth at Albany's Antiques in the Streets on September 9, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year we're inviting the Cumberland Community Event Center to join us at the corner of 2nd & Broadalbin for a joint fundraiser! Here's a sneak peak at some of the goods we'll be offering.

If you own antiques and collectibles that no longer spark joy, consider donating them to us for sale at our booth. We'd love to help you de-clutter! Drop us a line here or at [email protected]

Next Saturday promises to be one of those great summer weekend days that's chock-a-block with great events.  The Cumberl...
20/06/2023

Next Saturday promises to be one of those great summer weekend days that's chock-a-block with great events. The Cumberland Church rummage sale is one of our favorites!

Search for a bargain 🧸👢🖼️ and help raise funds for the renovation!
Are there things taking up room in your garage or back bedroom that need to go? Do you have “stuff” you’ve been meaning to donate?
Free up some space and help raise funds for Cumberland building renovations! We’re having a Yard Sale on June 24 & 25, 10-4 at the Cumberland, 1400 Santiam Rd

It's time for another Landmarks Commission meeting!  There will be a hybrid meeting (via the Zoom link below or in perso...
07/06/2023

It's time for another Landmarks Commission meeting! There will be a hybrid meeting (via the Zoom link below or in person at City Hall in Council Chambers) on Wednesday, June 7th, 2023, beginning at 6:00 pm.

The most important item of business: The Landmarks Commission will give a Lifetime Service Award to Dick Olsen. In the history of preservation in Albany, there are few, if any, that can approach Dick's commitment to the historic built environment.

There will also be a review of alterations to a detached garage at 525 10th Avenue SW (Google image seen here).

Get the agenda:https://www.cityofalbany.net/images/stories/citycouncil/bcc/archive/2023/lac_20230607_agd.pdf

Join the meeting on Zoom: https://council.cityofalbany.net/groups/lac/zoom

Call to Action!Oppose: HB 3414 one more time.Despite some adjustments, it appears that HB 3414 still fails to address hi...
01/06/2023

Call to Action!

Oppose: HB 3414 one more time.
Despite some adjustments, it appears that HB 3414 still fails to address historic preservation. HB 3414 would jeopardize historic protections and design regulations statewide and undermine local review.

Please join FOHA & Restore Oregon in lending your voice in opposition!

Submit testimony here: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/.../0000-00-00-00-00...
OR, using “Text Testimony,” you can type a short statement directly into the system. Takes less than 5 minutes.
All testimony is helpful and can be submitted up to 48 hours after the hearing – no later than 1 pm on Saturday.

Call to Action - Oppose Testimony Needed

Amendments Currently Under Consideration for HB 3414 STILL Jeopardize Historic Protections and Design Regulations Statewide, Undermines Long-adopted Local Review Process

We need your help! Tomorrow, June 1st at 1 pm, the House Rules Committee has scheduled a second public hearing for House Bill 3414. No new amendments have been publicly posted, although Restore Oregon has been trying to make practical and meaningful suggestions on language that would better protect historic resources statewide. The draft amendments we believe will be considered tomorrow do not include any substantive considerations for historic resources, either individually listed or in a district, even though they do include exceptions for statewide goal-related natural resources, Willamette River Greenway, and coastal zone protections.

Please submit testimony immediately – Your legislators and these committee members need to hear that you oppose this loss of protections assured by local governments through Statewide Land Use Goal 5! They need to hear why the integrity of historic landmarks and districts are critical to you and to your community! Please join us in a collective rallying cry to exclude historic resource protections from the scope of HB 3414.

We will testify, but please join Restore Oregon in lending your voice!

Submit testimony ASAP! Submit testimony here: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2023R1/Testimony/HRULES/HB/3414/0000-00-00-00-00?area=Measures

OR, using “Text Testimony,” you can type a short statement directly into the system. Takes less than 5 minutes.

All testimony is helpful and can be submitted up to 48 hours after the hearing – no later than 1 pm on Saturday.

FOHA is pleased to announce that Historic Preservation Northwest has completed the work for Jolene Thomson's 2022 birthd...
31/05/2023

FOHA is pleased to announce that Historic Preservation Northwest has completed the work for Jolene Thomson's 2022 birthday present from her Facebook friends and family. In addition to creating a Facebook fundraiser for her own birthday last year, Jolene also honored Oregon's birthday on February 14 this year. The results of Jolene's and her fan club's generosity are visible in the form of five newly repaired grave markers at Albany's Riverside Cemetery. Many thanks to all who contributed to this effort!

This week there will be another public hearing about Climate Friendly Areas (CFAs).  New state planning rules require ci...
30/05/2023

This week there will be another public hearing about Climate Friendly Areas (CFAs). New state planning rules require cities over 50,000 to identify current or future zones that will contain a mix of housing, jobs, businesses, and services.

Given how planning fads often have negative impacts on historic structures, FOHA remains skeptical of the overall concept of CFAs. Some of our concerns include: disproportionately large new buildings in older neighborhoods, the demolition of existing affordable small houses, and an overemphasis on new construction while neglecting infrastructure like public transportation.

The meeting on Wednesday, May 31, at 6:00 pm specifically addresses one of these concerns: How Albany's proposed CFA candidate areas might overlap with any vulnerable areas, and provide input on displacement strategies. The CFA process is preliminary and still very much dependent on public input. You can attend the meeting in person at Albany City Hall in Council Chambers, 333 Broadalbin Street SW. Or, join the meeting virtually zoom: https://council.cityofalbany.net/groups/plc/zoom

Learn more about Albany's Climate-Friendly and Equitable Communities Project: https://www.cityofalbany.net/cd/cfec

Note: Albany CFA Candidate areas seen here are from a previous iteration of the project. There will be updated maps on 5/31/2023.

For the third Preservation Month in a row FOHA and Historic Preservation Northwest have joined to sponsor the repair of ...
30/05/2023

For the third Preservation Month in a row FOHA and Historic Preservation Northwest have joined to sponsor the repair of a grave marker at Albany's Riverside Cemetery. The stone for 2023 is Annie Murray's marble tablet that had become detached from its plinth. If you'd like to visit, this one is located to the north of the main road, near the east end (close to the hospital parking lot) of the cemetery.

Thanks to everyone who could join us for our What-Is-That-Doohickey Walking Tour!  We hope a fun and educational time wa...
29/05/2023

Thanks to everyone who could join us for our What-Is-That-Doohickey Walking Tour! We hope a fun and educational time was had by all. If you're a Tech Term fan, here are a few of the elements we spotted in the wild: eave, imbrication, asbestos shingles, double-hung, Lamb's tongues, brackets, water table & cap, belt course, eave return, rafter tails, bargeboard, drop siding, and Bungalow. Wondering what any or all of those things are? Stay tuned for Tech Term classics this summer!

🏫 Tonight (5/27/2023) is the grand finale of Season 3 of Spectres of Benton County Past.  The event takes place at the C...
27/05/2023

🏫 Tonight (5/27/2023) is the grand finale of Season 3 of Spectres of Benton County Past. The event takes place at the Corvallis Museum from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. The event is free and you do not need to have completed any of the prior installments to join the fun. Here's the story behind this pandemic generated event: https://oregonheritage.wordpress.com/2023/05/17/playing-games-with-preservation/

If you're really bummed that you missed Season 3, or any of the prior Seasons, you can catch up at https://spectrespast.com/ no matter where you are!

As we come close to the end of Preservation Month it's worth noting that Spectres and many of the other programs we've promoted over the last month would not have gotten off the ground without the stellar coordination of Inga Williams of Benton County Community Development. All of us at FOHA look forward to future collaborations!

by Inga Williams, Associate Planner with Benton County Community Development Department In early April, the Benton County Historic Resources Commission (HRC) was informed by the National Trust for …

Coming up on Thursday, May 25, 5:30 – 6:30pmWhat-Is-That-Doohickey Walking TourMeet: In front of Calapooia Brewing, 140 ...
23/05/2023

Coming up on Thursday, May 25, 5:30 – 6:30pm
What-Is-That-Doohickey Walking Tour
Meet: In front of Calapooia Brewing, 140 Hill St NE, Albany

Have you ever wondered what to call that “thing” on a building? If you have, this tour is for you! The Friends of Historic Albany (FOHA) is going to lead a tour through four blocks of the Hackleman Neighborhood defining and explaining architectural elements along the way. The walking tour will take about an hour and return to Calapooia Brewing. The tour is free and will be followed by the FOHA annual meeting, all are invited. Donations to FOHA are accepted.

Today in 🏫 Benton County!Independent School Open HouseTime: 10 AM to 1 PM          Location: 25381 SW Airport Ave, corne...
21/05/2023

Today in 🏫 Benton County!

Independent School Open House
Time: 10 AM to 1 PM
Location: 25381 SW Airport Ave, corner of Airport and Fern Roads
Visit one of Benton County’s few remaining one-room school houses. The Independent School was built in 1919, and is a good example of a Craftsman style schoolhouse with a Bungalow floor plan. Ask to hear the school bell ring. http://www.independentcommunityclub.org

Willamette Grange Hall - 100 year celebration AND Window Restoration Demonstrations
Time: 1 PM - 4 PM
Location: 27555 Greenberry Road, Corvallis
Celebrate a nationally registered historic building undergoing restoration. https://www.willamettegrange.org
Included are demonstration and training stations on historic window restoration and paint removal - LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS and come ready to get your hands dirty.

Green B. Smith/John Rickard Historic Home Open House
Time: 1 PM - 4 PM
Location: 5570 SW 3rd Street, Corvallis
Guides: the current owners, Larry and Rebecca Landis

Preservation Month events today in Albany!Albany Street Car History Tour, 10:00 am.  Starts at the Museum, 136 Lyon St S...
20/05/2023

Preservation Month events today in Albany!

Albany Street Car History Tour, 10:00 am. Starts at the Museum, 136 Lyon St S
(You should already have tickets for this. If not, check info at https://www.facebook.com/events/2868845089918982)

Official celebration for completion of the Cumberland steeple restoration. Join us for live music, cake and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Tours will be available. May 20, noon -1
1400 SE Santiam Road in Albany next to the ReStore and Albany Skate Park. FREE

Tomorrow, Saturday 5/20/23, in 🏫 Benton County:Fairmont Grange Hall  #252 Open HouseTime: 12 PM to 4 PM; Location: 845 N...
20/05/2023

Tomorrow, Saturday 5/20/23, in 🏫 Benton County:

Fairmont Grange Hall #252 Open House
Time: 12 PM to 4 PM; Location: 845 North Albany Road
Tour this lovely historic Grange Hall, meet Today's Grangers, and learn about the 150 years of Grange History in Oregon
https://www.grange.org/fairmountor252/

Fort Hoskins Interpretive Celebration Day & live music from Wild Hog in the Woods
Time: Commander's House Tours from 10 AM to 2 PM; Music from 11 to 1
Location: 38150 Ft. Hoskins Road
Join members of the Alliance for Recreation and Natural Areas as they give you a tour inside the Commander's House and explain the history and importance of Fort Hoskins. https://www.afrana.org/programs/forthoskins

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