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“A blueprint to preserve, rehabilitate, and promote historic theaters in Oregon has earned national honors in applied research for a team of University of Oregon graduate students who analyzed the physical and fiscal conditions of more than fifty historic theaters statewide. But they didn’t stop there: Their findings spurred them to also recommend a five-year plan to help both the aging buildings and the often-underfunded organizations that operate them.

The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) recognized the team’s efforts with the 2016 AICP Student Project Award in Applied Research for their report, “Oregon Historic Theaters: Statewide Survey and Needs Assessment.” The AICP will present the award April 5 in Phoenix, Arizona, at the American Planning Association’s annual national conference.

The competitive award recognizes the outstanding work by graduate students in the UO’s Community and Regional Planning and Public Administration programs, housed in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management (PPPM), and the Historic Preservation Program.”

— School of Architecture & Allied Arts news blog

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The exhibit, Drawn to Design: Selections from the UO Architecture Student Drawing Collection, is on display at the University of Oregon in Knight Library, January – March 2014.

The exhibit features a rotating display of architecture student works dating from 1915 to the 1930s in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the School of Architecture & Allied Arts. The drawings come from the collections of the Architecture & Allied Arts Library which include approximately 1,500 student works.  Creators include individuals who became well known in the profession:  Eyler Brown, Glen Stanton, Cloethiel Smith, Hollis Johnston, Abbott Lawrence, and many more.  Visit the exhibit web page for more information.

Posted by Ed Teague, University of Oregon Libraries.

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One of our members in British Columbia is searching for Warren H. Williams’ plans for Craigdarroch Castle (1890) in Victoria.  Does anyone know if there is a Williams archive?  Any leads would be most appreciated!

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This year’s University of Oregon historic preservation field school is slated to take place from August 14 until September 9 in the Olympic National Park.  The first session runs for two weeks from August 14-26 and focuses on the Peter A. Roose Homestead.  This is a back-country, hands-on experience working on an early 1900s subsistence farm site on the western edge of the Olympic Peninsula.  The remaining two one-week sessions, from August 28-September 2 and from September 2-9, will focus on the Sol Duc Falls Shelter, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1939.

For more information contact: pnwfs@uoregon.edu
Website: http://hp.uoregon.edu/fieldschools/pnw/

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Nominations Sought for Oregon’s Most Endangered Places

Every year historic properties across Oregon are rehabilitated and reused, enriching neighborhoods, revitalizing Main Streets, conserving resources, creating jobs, and attracting visitors. Unfortunately there are also scores of historic properties in imminent danger of being lost to hard times, development pressures, demolition or neglect.  These unique places embody tremendous resources and tell the story of Oregon communities – our heritage, values, industry and culture.

The Historic Preservation League of Oregon is inaugurating an annual list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places to preserve and pass forward at-risk historic buildings, structures, districts, sites, and landscapes by focusing public attention and resources on them.  Properties selected for the Most Endangered Places List will receive assistance to address immediate threats and develop a strategy for long term viability.

Anyone may nominate an endangered property – residential, commercial, urban, rural, public or private – that meets the general criteria for eligibility in the National Register of Historic Places (over 50 years old, historic, cultural, or architectural significance and integrity). 

Nomination forms can be downloaded from the HPLO website and must be submitted by March 21, 2011.  The inaugural list will be announced in late May.  For more information, call the HPLO at 503 243-1923 or visit our website: www.HistoricPreservationLeague.org.

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Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise is site of the 2010 UO preservation field school

One of longest operating territorial prisons in the American West will receive restoration attention from university students and faculty members this summer

 EUGENE, Ore. — (July 15, 2010) – Preserving significant Pacific Northwest buildings and using them as learning laboratories has been the focus of the past 15 years of work by the University of Oregon’s Pacific Northwest Field School.  This year is no different.  The 16th annual Pacific Northwest Field School will be held at the Old Idaho Penitentiary in Boise, Idaho, one of the several remaining territorial prisons in the American West. The field school is still accepting applications from interested students, architects, skilled trades workers, and those interested in preservation.

 The five, week–long repeatable sessions start August 8. The primary focus will be on masonry preservation, but the site also offers a wide variety of teaching opportunities in wood, metal, and window restoration and structural stabilization. The buildings are constructed with “beautiful sandstone, “ says Shannon Bell, field school co-director.  “We will have a stonemason working with us each week. The quality of the craftsmanship of this site is similar to Joliet Prison in Chicago. There is not as much masonry construction in the northwest, and it’s nice to work on something so different.”

 Each weekly session will emphasize a preservation topic or skill.  For instance, cultural landscapes will be the emphasis of week one, August 8–13, and will provide instruction on archaeology practices, historic cemeteries, and interpretation.  Other week–long sessions will examine sustainability practices, preservation technology, field recording and documentation.

 Originally constructed in 1870, the Old Pen was in continuous use as prison for 103 years until its closure in 1973. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 for its outstanding Romanesque stone architecture and a century of penal practices reflected in its design and construction. Local sandstone was quarried nearby and used to construct the original building that still exists today.  Many buildings on the site were quarried and constructed by inmate labor. The Old Pen is a popular visitor site and museum serving over 30,000 adults and school-age groups each year.  “Having the field school here is invaluable to us.  We know that Old Pen is popular and we don’t want to love it death—we need to take care of it for the future,” says Amber Beierle, interpretive specialist at the Idaho State Historical Society.

 Graduate students in the historic preservation and architecture programs at the University of Oregon will also work on hands-on projects during the field school.  The field school usually has forty participants with an average of 6–8 people per week. Cost is $900 per week, all food and lodging for the week is included.  Academic credit is available. Application form and instructions are on line at http://hp.uoregon.edu/index.cfm?mode=fieldschools&page=pnw

The Pacific Northwest Field School is funded by Oregon, Washington and Idaho state parks and historic preservation offices and the National Park Service.  The locations for field schools rotate annually to a new site selected with one of the participating states.  Special funding for the Idaho field school has come from the Save America’s Treasures grant and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About the University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is a world-class teaching and research institution and Oregon’s flagship public university. The UO is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), an organization made up of the 63 leading public and private research institutions in the United States and Canada. The University of Oregon is one of only two AAU members in the Pacific Northwest.

Questions?  Contact:
Shannon Bell, co–director, 541-954-6123, shannonb@uoregon.edu
Amber Beierle, interpretive specialist, Old Pen, 208-334-2844 x102, amber.beierle@ishs.idaho.gov

Links:
http://history.idaho.gov
http://history.idaho.gov/oldpen.html
http://hp.uoregon.edu/index.cfm?mode=fieldschools&page=pnw

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This year’s Pacific Northwest Historic Preservation Fieldschool is slated to take place from August 8 to September 17 at the Old Idaho Penitentiary building in Boise.  The five one-week sessions will focus on masonry, window restoration, wood structures, and metal work.  The Penitentiary was established in 1870 and includes several buildings, many constructed of local sandstone.  It was in use until 1973, when prisoners were moved to new facilities.  The 510-acre site, now owned by the Idaho State Historical Society, was listed on the National Register in 1974. 

More information on the Field School can be found at:
http://hp.uoregon.edu/index.cfm?mode=fieldschools&page=pnw
More info on the Old Idaho Penitentiary:
http://www.idahohistory.net/oldpen.html

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