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SAH MDR Astoria 2018

The date and location for the annual conference of the Marion Dean Ross/Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians has been set! The conference will be held in Astoria, Oregon, May 18-20, 2018. 

Our conference committee is working away, planning a stellar conference, as you can imagine it would be in such a wonderful place. Please mark your calendars.

The Call for Papers will come out next month, in November. Please consider submitting an abstract. The theme will center around Astoria’s traditional maritime history. It will also focus on the diversity of people who settled in Astoria over time and made it their home through the traditions they brought with them, the traditions they forged once arriving in Clatsop County, and of course, the resulting architecture. As usual, papers are also encouraged that reflect other themes relevant to the chapter’s mission.

If you have not checked out the photos from last year’s conference, please visit our blog at: https://sahmdr.wordpress.com/. And while there, please read our tribute to long-time members Dave Pinyerd and Bernadette Niederer, who were the recipients of the 2017 Marion Dean Ross Distinguished Service Award in recognition of their “decade of wholehearted team effort through which their proficient support in many varied ways helped the chapter sustain the highest standards for annual conference organizing and promotion of scholarship in fulfillment of the purposes of the Society of Architectural Historians” (in the words of the tribute, which could not have been better spoken).

For those who were unable to attend the 2017 conference in Victoria, the results of our biennial election are as follows: Diana Painter, President; Amanda Clark, Vice-President; Kathryn Burk-Hise, Secretary; and Mimi Sheridan, Treasurer. We still have positions open for the Oregon and British Columbia representatives, as well as our Grants committee lead, so if you have an interest in any of these positions, please contact me by email or phone (below). Our Washington representative is Philip Gruen, from Washington State University, and our Idaho representative is Phillip Mead, from the University of Idaho. Our website manager and digital archivist is Edward Teague, and our blog manager is Amanda C. R. Clark. Assistant blog manager is Kathryn Burk-Hise. 

And in the meantime, Happy Halloween!


Diana J Painter

President, Marion Dean Ross chapter

of the Society of Architectural Hstorians

Email: dianajpainter@gmail.com

Tel: 707-763-6500



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Restoration in WA


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2020 SAH Annual National Meeting

2020 SAH Annual Meeting

The Society of Architectural Historians will hold its 2020 annual meeting in Seattle from Wednesday evening April 29 to Sunday May 3, 2020.  Professor Victoria Young of St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Minnesota, who will be SAH First Vice President in 2020, will be the General Chair for the meeting (primarily responsible for the overall planning and specifically for the various paper sessions and similar events).  The Local Co-Chairs for the meeting will be Professors Ann Huppert and Thaisa Way of the University of Washington (primarily responsible for the receptions, tours, and the Saturday morning colloquium that will address the city of Seattle).

Planning for the meeting has only recently begun and will continue for the next three years.  It is anticipated that a “Call for Sessions” will be issued by SAH in summer or fall 2018.  The “Call for Papers” will be issued in March/April 2019.

The last time the SAH held its Annual Meeting in Seattle was twenty-five years ago (April 1995).  The 2020 meeting hotel will be the Madison Renaissance, the hotel that was the location of the 1995 meeting.

IMG_8916(photo courtesy of Amanda C. R. Clark)

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Energy Conservation in Mid-Century Modern Buildings Symposium

10:00AM – 5:00PM Saturday, September 16th, 2017


Anderson Room, Salem Library 585 Liberty Street SE, Salem, OR 97301


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There is still time to see this great exhibit at the Portland Art Museum. https://portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/quest-for-beauty/Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 12.33.38 PM

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