The New Deal’s Local Legacy

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The New Deal’s Local Legacy: Pioneering Historic Preservation and a Landscape Aesthetic

Timberline Lodge provides lasting evidence that beauty could result from the country’s greatest economic crisis. While Timberline is the best known of the Depression era’s Oregon projects, further examination of the New Deal’s long list of agencies produces impressive evidence of a legacy in our midst. The roots of historic preservation in our region started with HABS (Historic American Buildings Survey) and WPA (Works Progress Administration) construction projects not only helped provide jobs to the unemployed, they cemented the concept of a regional landscape aesthetic such as that found in the Rocky Butte Scenic Drive and the amenities of Overlook Park.

In this updated presentation, Judith Kenny will consider the contributions of famous regional architects, such as Ellis F. Lawrence and Jamieson Parker, as well as some lesser-known local artisans. Judith will explore the New Deal projects in the Portland area that contributed to the preservation of our pioneer architectural heritage and the development of a regional landscape style. Judith is a member of the AHC Education Committee, walking tour docent, and a retired professor of Geography and Urban Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

This lecture program is held at the Architectural Heritage Center – 701 SE Grand Avenue

Parking is on-street (free on Saturdays) or in the parking lot on the west side of Grand Avenue between SE Yamhill and Belmont Streets – just to the north of the Urbanite. Thank you to Bolliger and Sons Insurance for sharing their lot with us for our evening and Saturday education programs.

$20.00 – General Public
$12.00 – AHC Members

About the Architectural Heritage Center
The Architectural Heritage Center’s mission is to “inspire people to conserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable, communities.” We seek to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the re-use of period homes and buildings.

Owned and operated by the non-profit Bosco-Milligan Foundation, we empower people in the Portland region to preserve both landmark buildings and the regular “vernacular” vintage homes and storefronts that collectively define our neighborhoods, traditional downtowns, culture, history, and quality of life.

Cover image: Viewpoint at Rocky Butte. Photo by Judith Kenny.

Event Detail

March 28, 2020 10:00 am
March 28, 2020 11:30 am


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