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Causes: Arts & Culture, Museums

Mission: To inspire people to preserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable communities.

Programs: Osco-milligan foundation 2014 - accomplishmentsthe architectural heritage center is owned and operated by the bosco-milligan foundation. Our ongoing efforts to shape and preserve portland and its neighborhoods, through advocacy and education with impact, were significantly increased in 2014, both at the ahc and in the community. The ahc continued providing leadership throughout the metro area to preserve our irreplaceable building legacy, for now and for future generations. The foundations architectural heritage center is built around people who care about the sense of community created by traditional neighborhoods, livable downtowns with landmarks both grand and modest, and the familiar schools, churches, and storefronts. We are not about stopping the future. Instead, we believe that some of the real and authentic buildings that form our communities should be permanent, and that goal is about the future. In light of the increasing number of home demolitions in portland, we partnered with the laurelhurst neighborhood association in successful efforts to save from demolition the markham house, a signature building in the neighborhood, and currently being rehabilitated. Much of our advocacy was centered around the epidemic of demolitions issue, with presentations from board and staff to the portland city council, continued leadership with the portland coalition for historic resources, blog, facebook posts, and electronic and print newsletter articles to our members and associates. We have remained active participants with the city of portlands west quadrant plan and se quadrant plan, the morris marks house, and new chinatown/ japantown, as well as responding to requests for technical assistance and queries from the public. Our collections of building artifacts work centered around two major projects the relocation of the majority of our artifacts from one of our rented warehouse to another, and hardware cataloguing. The previous warehouse was closed for renovation into a new use, necessitating researching and securing new space, and extensive planning for and orchestration of the move, completed in january, 2015. The hardware project, partially funded with a grant from the oregon heritage commission, primarily addressed the organization and rehousing of doorknobs, plates, and locksets; it was carried out by staff and volunteers trained for these tasks. Increased library availability was achieved through scheduling a time for weekly walk-in research assistance. We also hosted a free library open house and a local author book signing event in february, to teach the public about our research resources and records preservation. Staff and volunteers answered questions about building history research and preservation, local history, and oregon architects, and shared artifacts not normally on display. We had a partial artifacts donation moratorium in place during the multi-month moving process; among the items we accepted by donation were: an 1892 crystal chandelier from the perkins hotel, hardware from the walnut park apartments, two late 19th century brass vent covers from the david dunne house, and books for our library, such as sweets catalogue of building construction. In the administrative realm, two trustees left the board and four joined. Many of our electronic files were analyzed and transferred to a new-cloud based storage system which will be in active use in 2015. Continued work on our paper files has resulted in reduced duplication of what has been retained, and increased physical space available for new materials that require retention in paper form. Impact of our work: between our print and on-line communications, we communicated regularly with about 4,000 people in 2014, and added 338 new people into our database. We developed and presented 77 programs, tours, and events in 2014 and attendance totaled 3,543 an increase from 3,400 from the previous year. Program offerings included a special presentation by the national trust for historic preservations preservation green lab in seattle on their groundbreaking older smaller better study which quantified the valuable role that rehabilitated vintage buildings play in making a city sustainable. Our walking/biking tour offerings were expanded with exploration of new territory of eight new tours, including the new chinatown/ japantown historic district, oregon city, and the piedmont neighborhood. We presented four programs on local architects, including wade pipes, for whom we have substantial archival materials but had not yet developed a program. Style-oriented presentations included the victorian era and the part of english cottage revival style referred to as storybook houses. Home preservation topics include wood window rehabilitation, radon and seismic mitigation, and mid-century modern renovation. The new exhibit in the meyer memorial trust gallery in 2014 was old growth architecture: the art, craft, and function of wood featuring artifacts illustrating the abundant use of wood in our regions architecture. Logos, monograms, and corporate imagery: the fine ornament of emblematic hardware was exhibited in our hardware gallery to highlight advertising uses of hardware, along with a continuing permanent historic hardware overview. We continued to present changing exhibits of historic pottery loaned by local collectors to supplement offerings from our own collections. Local artists utilized our walls for four solo shows (including our annual student show featuring our youngest solo artist ever 14 and very talented) and four group shows. We were pleased to partner with the regional arts and culture council in may, national historic preservation month, to show architecture and place-oriented selections from their publicly-owned collection. Our largest annual fundraiser, the riches of a city heritage auction was organized around the theme of neighbors in preservation, and highlighted preservation accomplishments city-wide. Funds were raised for operations and for improvements/ repairs to our 1883 national register-listed building. The 5th annual heritage home tour, our second-largest annual fundraiser, showcased five homes of architectural and historical distinction with a theme of made in portland. Our database was expanded with 337 new entries this year, of whom 118 became members. We completed the year with a total of 1,072 members. We expanded our social media impact with an addition of 402 friends to our facebook page. Our dedicated volunteers, numbering 412 in 2014, contributed a total of 4,002 hours. Education-related volunteers contributed the highest number of hours for the fifth year in a row, with a total of 825. Auction volunteers contributed the next highest number of hours with 679, while exhibits and historic hardware cataloguing volunteers were not far behind at 668. Also notable were the efforts of our front desk volunteers, who contributed 611 hours. As we head into the 10th anniversary of the opening of the architectural heritage center, we can only agree with a member who wrote: i love how architecture defines an area, whether urban or rural. The buildings tell stories. We strive to tell those stories to elected officials, including portland city council members, homeowners and aspiring homeowners neighbors, neighborhood activists, legislators, students, and visitors to always communicate how those landmarks can and should be part of our future.

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