Posted by: wadahp | February 3, 2011


For more information on all of the Architectural Heritage Center’s Events, please see their website.

Marking Our Territory: How to Read Local Landscapes

Part of Oregon Humanities statewide Conversation Project: A New Chautauqua

Saturday, February 5, 2011    10:00 am – 11:30 am

All Tickets: $5.00

The big house and the quarters; the front door and the back door; lunch counters, water fountains, the back of the bus… One of the most persistent ways people exert power over others is to control their access to space.


Drawing upon the fields of architecture, environmental studies, urban design, and public policy, this discussion will pose the following questions: How do we mark our territory? How do the built environments we create reflect our values and aspirations? Whom do we include and whom do we exclude in the process? Touching on gentrification, the decline of public space, historic preservation, residential segregation, and suburban sprawl, Reiko Hillyer will lead a conversation about how to read the history of our communities through the landscapes we build and consider how we can be more aware of and more engaged in the creation of our surroundings. Hillyer is a visiting assistant professor of history at Lewis and Clark College, where she recently won the Teacher of the Year award. She teaches twentieth-century U.S. history, African American history, the Civil War, women’s history, and the history of the American landscape.

The Portland Plan: Historic Preservation’s Future

Saturday, February 12, 2011 10:00 am – Noon

All Tickets: $10

The past 18 months of the Portland Plan “update” have been loaded with meetings, forums, websites to monitor, and a crush of additional issues that have been added to the mix. Historic preservation has gotten rather buried and the topic has been quieter than it deserves—given that more than 60,000 of Portland’s buildings were constructed before 1930. This session will be a full update on the various components of the Portland Plan—what’s in play and what lies ahead. How can we influence and impact what the Plan update does for historic preservation?

Presenting from the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will be Steve Dotterer and Nicholas Starin—both are City Planners with long tenure at BPS, and have deep interest in historic preservation. BMF/AHC Executive Director Cathy Galbraith will present an update on the Cornerstones African American Buildings History inventory, and how growth, development, zoning and Portland Plan policies have impacted these important buildings.

If the Portland Plan is overwhelming to you and your neighborhood—and you care about community preservation—this program is for you.

Pre-registration is strongly suggested.


Other upcoming programs:

“It’s ‘Cooch’ not ‘Cowch’ – An Insider’s Guide to Portland Architecture and History”
Saturday, February 19, 2011    10:00 am – 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 (members $13)

“From the Gilded Age to the Space Age: A Century of American Lighting 1870-1970”
Saturday, February 26, 2011    10:00 am – 11:30 am
Tickets:  $18 (members $13)
“Live Where You Play: The Transformation of Lake Oswego from an Iron Plantation into a Residential Playground”Saturday, March 5, 2011    10:00 am – 11:30 am Tickets:  $18 (members $13)

“Historic Neighborhood Theaters of Southeast Portland”
Saturday, March 19, 2011    10:00 am – 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 (members $13)

“Portland’s Stadium: The Many Lives of Civic Stadium”
Saturday, March 26, 2011    10:00 am – 11:30 am
Tickets: $18 (members $13)


  1. Great programs! Come visit! Really, I’m not at all biased….

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