Preservation award created in Jennings Lodge
The Jennings Lodge Community Planning Organization created a new preservation award to provide recognition to local people and organizations that positively impact the area's cultural, built and natural environments.
The first award was presented Sept. 25 to the Brush & Palette Creative Arts Center for an effort to preserve the historic W.A. Shaw Building at the corner of McLoughlin Boulevard and Jennings Avenue.
Brush & Palette upgraded the interior of the building while preserving its original exterior appearance, including recently choosing to replace the original cedar-shake siding with new cedar shakes at much additional cost. The group also opted to place the the oldest commercial building in the area on Clackamas County's list of historic buildings.
The Shaw building was built as the sales office for Jennings Lodge lots around 1905. Later, it reportedly served as a feed store and then a community center before becoming the Brush and Palette in the late 1960s.
The CPO hopes owners of other historic local landmarks will follow the lead of the Brush and Palette and make the effort to preserve architecturally and historically significant local Jennings Lodge landmarks.