Oregon City wins revitalization awards
Oregon City recently won three awards for local preservation and revitalization efforts.
Restore Oregon announced the city's 1843 Francis Ermatinger House among the 2018 winners of the annual DeMuro Awards, which celebrate and honor exceptional historic rehabilitations.
One of the oldest surviving structures in Oregon, it was home to the Hudson Bay Company's chief trader and provides a direct link to Oregon's prestatehood period and the founding of Oregon City.
Long associated with the naming of Portland (the home is thought to be the site of the dinner party where the famed Lovejoy-Pettygrove coin flip occurred), the Ermatinger House has been fully restored for use as a museum to contribute to Oregon City's active and growing heritage tourism scene.
Oregon City was honored with two awards during the Oregon Main Street's Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards event this year. Black Ink Coffee & White Rabbit Gifts won the award for best interior renovation, and Carol Pauli of Downtown Oregon City Association won the leadership award.
Black Ink owners Danielle and Rolland Walsh began the project renovation in 2016 to remove the layers of change that had been added over the 100-year lifespan of the building, including its most recent use as a tavern.
They were able to complete the project using an Oregon Main Street Revitalization grant, a program established by the Legislature in 2015.
Pauli is Downtown Oregon City's longest-running board member and is credited with providing critical leadership that led the city to win the 2018 Great American Main Street award, a first for Oregon and the first on the West Coast in 10 years.