Sometimes when you are deeply entrenched in efforts to complete an endeavor of some sort, you might feel you are not making any headway, unexpected setbacks are clouding the process, or just that your efforts will never amount to much anyway. It's at times such as these that you need to step away a bit, take another breath, and look back to see those things that truly were accomplished. Today's guest, Kimberli Fitzgerald, the City of Salem's Historic Preservation Officer & City Archaeologist, provided us the opportunity to look back over a very busy year of discovering and preserving our rich historic legacy.
- the Baggage Freight Depot at the Amtrak Station, as well as its private donor Steve Kenney, received the DeMuro Award from Restore Oregon as an excellent rehabilitation project.
- the National Register documentation for the Downtown Historic District was updated with new photographs, more historical information, and the historic street addresses were sorted to match current addressing. This database should be available soon through the State Historic Preservation Office.
- the Heritage Neighborhood program with SESNA was completed with the installation of wraps depicting historical information to cover area utility vaults.
Looking forward to 2019, Kimberli stated that the Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) will be reviewing two development applications that probably would interest our listeners. The first is a proposal to construct a new mixed-use building, including micro-units providing affordable housing in the downtown core, at the site of the former Murphy /McMahan's Furniture Building (1940/1970/2006) at 260 State Street. For more about this specific application, click here.
Another proposal requests approval to demolish the Marion Car Park, once the site of the Holman Building, on the northwest corner of Commercial Street SE & Ferry Street to construct a new hotel, to be named the Holman Hotel after the previous historic building, The Holman Building was the interim home for the state legislature from 1857 to 1876. Here is a Statesman Journal article by Andy Zimmerman outlining its history. For more information on this development application, click here.