How Corvallis, Benton County Celebrates Historic Preservation Month | Local


For those who enjoy preserving historic resources, May – Historic Preservation Month – is a time to participate in local events and honor leaders in this field.

Throughout the month, Benton County and the Benton and Corvallis County Historic Resources Commissions, as well as the nonprofit PreservationWORKS, host educational events to promote local heritage.

This year’s theme, “This Place Matters More Than Ever,” encourages everyone who lives, works or visits Benton County to commemorate the importance of these resources to the community.

The remaining events include the following:

  • 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26: Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony, Corvallis Museum, 411 SW Second St.
  • 5 p.m. Friday, May 27: Tour of the Samuel Whiteside family home and barn, 6154 Bellfountain Road.
  • 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 29: Video and guided tour of Van Buren Bridge, Community Hall, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW Second St.

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During the awards ceremony, the town of Corvallis will honor the following recipients:

  • The Casey Family Home, 3256 NW Van Buren Ave., owned by the Patrick Casey family; category: New construction in a National Historic District.
  • Corvallis Soda Works, 648 SW Second St., owned by Ken Pastega; category: Commercial redevelopment.
  • Emily Pernot House, 222 NW Seventh St., owned by Debra Mark; category: Historic Renovation – Residential.
  • Fairbanks House, 316 NW 32nd St., owned by Eldon and Meda Younger (TR); category: Historic Preservation – Residential.
  • HE Selby Rental House, 235 NW 31st St., owned by Robert Meinke and Kelly Amsberry; category: Improvements and maintenance of facades.
  • George Rohrmann: Individual Award for Historic Preservation and Education.

PreservationWORKS honors Dave Eckert for his inspiring work preserving the cultural landscape in Corvallis and Benton County.

Benton County honors the following recipients:

  • Larry Landis for 20 years as a volunteer member of the Historic Resources Board and for his past and future efforts in historic preservation and education.
  • Jay Sexton and Toni Hoyman for invigorating the Willamette Barn and their exhaustive efforts to raise funds and organize the restoration of the barn.
  • Adrienne Fritze and Mark van der Pol for creating the unique, historically accurate with a fictional twist, “Spectres of Benton County”.
  • Rosalind (Roz) Keeney for her tireless efforts to preserve the Van Buren Bridge.

The city and county will jointly honor the Benton County Historical Society for promoting historic preservation and community education with the construction of the Corvallis Museum.

Also during Historic Preservation Month, Corvallis recruited four volunteers to fill the Historic Resources Board. The deadline to apply is June 10 at 5 p.m. Candidate interviews are tentatively scheduled for June 21 at 4 p.m. You can complete an application form or use the online form.

Composed of seven volunteers appointed by the city council, the commission brings its expertise in areas such as architecture, urban planning, conservation, history and general contact.

The commission is a quasi-judicial decision-maker for matters such as the application or removal of a historic preservation overlay when a public hearing is required, decisions regarding historic preservation permits at the commission level (some are reviewed administratively) and decisions on appeals from administrative authorities. -level apps.

Further information is available from Inga Williams at 541-766-6027 or [email protected]

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