Sustainable practices should include historic preservation

Retaining buildings can maximize resource conservation. Portland has begun to embrace sustainability as a near moral imperative that mandates respect for our environment and the human continuum. Sustainability is an aspiration surfacing in our urban planning goals and our economic development policies.

Digging Up History of Ladd Carriage House

Architectural detectives work to discover former design of building so its can regain historic status. Jessica Engeman is a detective uncovering forgotten design elements of prominent historical buildings.

Covered for decades, ironwork shines again

Portland has lost many of its cast-iron buildings, a style very popular here in late 19th century. Venerable has restored and recast many of the broken and missing cast-iron pieces and installed them on the Bickel Building, part of the White Stag Block in Old Town.

Fearing for a city’s old deer friend

The White Stag sign, built to sell sugar in 1927 and the only good thing about a 2005 movie starring Ice Cube, has become in its 79 years a symbol of puff-your-chest-out civic pride. Now, the University of Oregon wants to move into the building below the sign and use it to advertise the Ducks programs.

Preserving the past

Art DeMuro, president of Venerable Group, Inc., feels the loss when historic buildings are razed. He’s a real estate man and, more importantly, he’s a history buff. The combination of the two, is perfect for Portland–a city that appreciates the connection between old and new development, a city that likes to show off its preservation efforts.

Ducks to invade White Stag building

The White Stag block, home to four dilapidated buildings and the landmark “Made in Oregon” sign that overlooks the Burnside Bridge, likely will be the new home of the University of Oregon’s Portland Center.