S. Oregon’s historic preservation is alive and well!

(HIstoric Preservation in S. Oregon got a great boost this week with grants being awarded to several local projects.  These facilities, when rehabilitated, contributed to the overall economy and real estate by using lands at highest and best use)  Read more about who got honored)

Last week Travel Oregon announced awards for its Competitive Grants program! Awarding more than $850,000 in grant funding to 12 projects–including 3 of the 12 projects having direct historic preservation issues being addressed — that is FANTASTIC!

Congrats to the following preservation projects helping to preserve, reuse, and pass forward Oregon’s iconic places:

Butte Creek Mill Foundation – one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places, to rebuild and restore the Butte Creek Mill so that it’s fully operational, maintains its historic integrity and includes ADA accessibility and an interpretive center highlighting local history and Native American culture.

Friends of the Oregon Caves and Chateau – one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places, to create documentation and a historic preservation plan to restore the Oregon Caves Chateau and retain the character of the National Historic Landmark Lodge.

Liberty Theatre Foundation Inc. – La Grande’s historic theater that hosted Restore Oregon’s historic theaters workshops in 2016, The Liberty will use the award to help complete construction and restoration project. Upon completion, the theatre will open for public use, providing a cultural resource for the region.

Salem’s Riverfront Carousel – While the Salem Carousel, located in historic downtown Salem, isn’t exactly a historic preservation project, Restore Oregon celebrates all things carousel! The award will assist in planning and completing a feasibility study in order to expand the carousel’s facilities, programs and economic impact in the community.

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