News & Events

News & Events

11.27.2012

Resilient Masonry Buildings — Saving Lives, Livelihoods and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns

Bookmark and Share

Lane Powell Shareholder Walt McMonies was a contributing author for an October 25 Historic Preservation League of Oregon (“HPLO”) Special Report  titled “Resilient Masonry Buildings — Saving Lives, Livelihoods and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns.” The report discussed historic masonry buildings throughout Oregon, the challenges they face and potential solutions for solving those challenges. Walt is a 2012 HPLO Roundtable member. To learn more about HPLO, click here.

The Main Street hardware store next to the microbrew-pub, the neighborhood grade school that’s seen four generations pass through its halls, the clinker brick apartment building you moved into after graduation, the polished stone courthouse with the monument honoring local war heroes. … From Klamath Falls to Astoria, Jacksonville to Portland, these historic buildings are icons that define hundreds of Oregon’s communities. Most of them are built of unreinforced brick or stone that was meant to last, withstanding fire and flood, but are at serious risk of collapse in an earthquake. Many have vacant upper floors and desperately need rehabilitation, but have real economic potential.