Does sustainability trump historic value?

Ladd Carriage House was identified as worth preserving and is undergoing renovation to be completed in late April. This building represents the melding of old building stock with new, sustainable construction methods.

Restoration of Portland landmark continues

The Ladd Carriage House has been a stable presence on Southwest Broadway Avenue in downtown Portland since 1883. Except for that one time it strayed. In 2007, the historic building was moved a few blocks away during construction of the Ladd Tower. The carriage house – all 534,000 pounds of it – returned last October and is now being restored.

Ladd Carriage House

The Oregonian was on hand for a tour of the progress at the Ladd Carriage House. See a new photo of the interior.

Block by Block

Minnesota Hotel, at 322 NW 5th Avenue is featured property this week in Daily Journal of Commerces “Block by Block.” The column looks at Portland commercial real estate at a microcosmic level. Each week, one city block’s history and future — from recent leasing activity to available space — is examined.

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.