Welcome to Portland Preservation!

AHC Dusk Exterior

The Architectural Heritage Center located at 701 SE Grand. Photograph by Lincoln Barber

With this inaugural post, the Bosco-Milligan Foundation / Architectural Heritage Center has significantly expanded our historic preservation technical assistance and advocacy work. Thanks to a matching grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we have created this blog to keep people better informed and to expand participation in historic preservation issues and events around the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area.

We will use this site to update you about emerging preservation issues in communities including the City of Portland, and Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. If you are aware of a preservation issue in your neighborhood or community and want to share your interest or concerns with us, please contact Val Ballestrem or Cathy Galbraith. Click on the Contact Us tab above for more information.

Our goal is to update this site regularly and to demonstrate that historic preservation is not just about preserving the past, it is also about conserving our traditional communities and neighborhoods for all of us and for future generations.  Thanks for reading and we hope to hear from you!


Val Ballestrem, Education Manager, Bosco-Milligan Foundation

Cathy Galbraith, Executive Director, Bosco-Milligan Foundation


Filed under Historic Preservation, Infill Development, Local History, Modernism + The Recent Past, Sacred Spaces, Schools, Sustainability

2 responses to “Welcome to Portland Preservation!

  1. Jim Heuer

    Val and Cathy,

    How great that you and AHC have joined the blogosphere! You folks have a lot to say about preservation in our community and the quarterly newsletter, as valuable as it is, can’t keep up with all the latest developments.

    Congratulations for taking this big step at a time when there are many demands upon your all too limited time.

  2. Soundslike

    Fantastic to see you get a blog going, Val and Cathy, et al. It should definitely be another good tool in the kit for the BMF/AHC and Portland’s preservationists and traditionalists. I know I’ll be following intently.

    One small suggestion–I would recommend providing a “subscribe” link or button, either in the right-hand column, or with each post. Subscribing to blogs with Google Reader or the like is pretty easy, but I’ve found a link/button helps remind people to do so. I’d be happy to help with one from the front desk sometime.

    Keep up the great work!

    –Ian Manire

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