Saving Portland’s architectural past

New regulations would allow the city to stop the demolition of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and some structures in historic districts listed on the national register. Also proposed are incentives to help property owners find ways to preserve these historically significant buildings.

Retooling the Telegram

Developer Art DeMuro looks out of place inside the bowels of the old Portland Telegram building on the edge of downtown. Dressed in a crisp, maroon shirt, tan slacks and polished shoes, DeMuro effortlessly climbs a jury-rigged staircase that rises to the top floor of the four-story building on a quarter block at 1101 SW Washington St.
Workers scurry about putting up beams and other support structures as part of the $9.5 million renovation project. Already, they’re spraying stabilizing concrete on the interior as part of a seismic upgrade.

Historical Value

It takes a certain talent to walk through a dilapidated building and see its value. In a society that equates “new” with clean, shiny and efficient, old buildings often don’t survive. But the Portland City Council is trying to improve the outlook for historic buildings and make them a vital part of the city’s future