Charmicide: Moving to an area to live because of its charm, but then demolishing the existing building stock to build something different thus removing the charm that attracted the residents in the first place. In 2006, “Cottage Living” magazine voted First Addition one of the ten best cottage communities in the country. Fifteen years later we watch as one by one the homes … [Read more...] about Charmicide
The historic Carman House, the oldest house in Lake Oswego, is to be donated to the Lake Oswego Preservation Society. The Wilmont family, descendants of the original owners, are partnering with the Lake Oswego Preservation Society to preserve the Carman House and tell the important story of the Carman Family. The Carman House is the only house left in Lake Oswego that … [Read more...] about Historic Carman House to be Donated to LOPS
There’s something satisfying about paint. It’s a near immediate transformation that turns the old and dingy into something clean and fresh. But you might want to pause and reconsider before painting your brick or stone. When we paint these surfaces we are taking something that is fundamentally low maintenance and making it high maintenance. The Brick Industry … [Read more...] about I See a Red Brick and I Want to Paint it White
In 1980, my husband accepted a job offer in Portland which meant our family would be leaving Steilacoom, WA, a small, historic town overlooking Puget Sound. We had lived there for 10 years. My husband and I were very involved in “Save Old Steilacoom,” an organization for the preservation of historic homes and businesses being threatened with demolition or loss … [Read more...] about A Warm Welcome to L.O.
The Case For Preserving Our History The beautiful, historic Koehler house at 718 3rd Street in the First Addition is slated to be torn down. Based on conversations with the new owner, who recently purchased the four- bedroom, two-bath, 2859 sq. ft. house for $1,547,650, the plan is to demolish the house and replace it. Because the house has not been listed on … [Read more...] about This House Matters