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Architectural Heritage Center Upcoming Events

1.  Shake, Rattle, and Roll: Everything You Need to Know about Earthquakes and Your Vintage Home

Saturday, April 24, 2010 10:00 am–12:00 pmMembers: $13General Public: $18  It’s not OUR “fault” the Portland metro region is a seismically-sensitive area. There has been a great deal of media attention about the coming “big one”— that earthquake we all need to plan for. Fortunately, there are techniques you can use to make your home safer in the event of an earthquake.  Cindy Hovind of Terra Dolce Consultants, Inc. will provide an overview of local geology and accompanying seismic issues. Greg Olson, Olson and Jones Construction, and Steve Gemmell, Earthquake Tech are both experienced contractors who will cover how older buildings behave in earthquakes, foundation “fixes” that will help protect your home, and working with a contractor.  Mark Strauss of Leonard-Adams Insurance will explain the insurance programs that are available for homeowners. In the interest of protecting your own vintage home, this is an important and timely program. This program is assisted by a Partners in the Field challenge grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

2.  Free home tour for AHC members Tuesday, April 27th   Visit the historic Jennie Bramhall House (designed by Alfred Faber and built in 1909), Piedmont neighborhood (very close to Old Town Pizza where the “Dine Out” is happening), 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.; RSVP to [email protected] to receive address. Please note: members at the Individual level and above are entitled to bring a guest to programs at the member price. As this event is free, the guest is also free. A good time to introduce a friend or colleague to the activities of the Architectural Heritage Center!   Not yet a member? What a good time to join! Log on to http://www.visitahc.org/content/become-a-member-0.   Unusual for its concrete construction and turret, the Bramhall House has been a single-family residence and also a rooming house for women shipyard workers in World War II. Many historic features catch your eye in this National Register-listed treasure, including ornamental brick fireplaces and wonderful original woodwork, such as box beams and fir paneling in dining room. 

  3.  DINE OUT FOR THE AHC  Tuesday, April 27th at Old Town Pizza Vanport Village

This "Dine Out" will be a little different than those in the past as attendees will need to present a voucher at the restaurant (5201 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.). For every voucher presented, the BMF/AHC will receive 30% of the food & beverage tab.  Spread the word to friends, family members, colleagues -- the more the merrier. Dollars raised help support AHC programs, collections stewardship, and advocacy. For a voucher, visit our website here:  http://www.visitahc.org/pdf/DineOutVoucherOTP.pdf

4.  Invisible Additions: Increasing Space, Minimizing Impacts

Saturday, May 1, 2010 10:00 am–12:00 pmMembers: $13General Public: $18  Local and regional planning goals emphasize the need for increased population density thereby putting pressure on our older and traditional neighborhoods—places that hold much of the City’s historic fabric. Homeowners, architects, builders, and developers have responded to this need, but often there are no specific guidelines or it is viewed as a far easier solution to just demolish and build something new. Fortunately, not everyone sees it that way. This panel discussion will bring together architect John Perkins of Perkins Architectural and builder Eric Eaton of Eaton Construction, along with Michael Musumeci of Space Down Under and a City of Portland building inspector to discuss how you can significantly increase living space in older homes and leave the original character intact, all the while limiting the visible impacts on surrounding neighborhoods. This program is assisted by a Partners in the Field challenge grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation .............

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