Portland Real Estate Insider: Two Portland Buildings Added to National Historical Register

Portland Real EstateTwo buildings in Portland were added to the National Register of Historic Places this week, adding to the long list of nationally-recognized historic landmarks in Oregon. Portland Firefighters Park at NW 18th and Burnside, which has fallen into some disrepair over the past several years, will hopefully receive funding for preservationist-led renovation. The 1927 memorial, which honors David Campbell, an early 20th century fire chief who gave his life in the line of duty, has since become a tribute to all Portland firefighters who have died while serving their city. The park has not been thoroughly recognized by the city and often goes unnoticed by passersby, so this historical designation will bring some much-needed attention to this piece of Portland’s past.

The second building joining the ranks of Portland’s historically registered buildings is the 1949 Portland Visitor’s Center along the Willamette River waterfront on Portland’s Westside, a mid-century architectural classic designed by Portland architect John Yeon. Residents of Portland and visitors to the city will recognize the building by its trademark neon rose sign, commemorating the Portland’s annual Rose Festival. The classic building was renovated in 2009, a project which gained national attention for its stewardship of Portland’s artistic and architectural past. Skeptics had advocated demolishing the building, which had fallen into disrepair and was a teal eyesore along the waterfront, but city Commissioner Randy Leonard saw the potential in restoring the structure and spearheaded the process of restoring the buikding and establishing the space as the headquarters of the Portland Rose Festival.

The Historic Places certification means these landmarks join many other registered historic buildings and districts across Portland. District officials and some homeowners within these areas potentially have access to federal restoration grants and some state tax abatements for renovations and protection of such important historical buildings. Similar registered buildings and districts in Southern California also have access to low-interest deferred loans, which if held for a certain period of time are forgiven or are repayable when the houses are sold. While such funding is not guaranteed for Portland homes or buildings, nationally recognized historic sites are cherished as tangible links to the past worthy of preservation and appreciation. Contact the McDonald Group Realtors today for information on renovated homes for sale in Portland featuring a rich history, investigate new construction inspired by classic Portland architecture, or find the perfect fixer-upper home to help aid in the preservation of our city’s past.


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