Help advise county on historic landmarks
Clackamas County's Historic Review Board, which usually has seven members to advise county officials, has three vacancies to review applications involving historic landmarks and recommend new designations of historic structures in unincorporated areas.
Representation is sought from all areas of the county, especially from people with some knowledge and/or expertise in historic preservation.
County Historic Review Board member Paul Edgar of Oregon City hoped that pragmatic people who have critical thinking skills would consider applying for this position.
"Some of the decision-making is subjective, and this tests an individual's value structure," Edgar said. "What we are asked to do is to determine what is appropriate and important within protecting Clackamas County's history. We just need some good people who care and are willing to give of some of their time in helping adjudicate what should be done within a Clackamas County Historic Review Board process."
In November the HRB considered an application to build a garage at the 1912 Johnathan and Lucy Meyer House, designated a county historic landmark for its classic bungalow style with classical revival ornamental elements, along with its association with Oak Grove transportation history.
The home originally sat back significantly from the street on a large lot directly to the south of a station on the now-defunct Interurban Electric Railway. Subsequently, the property has been partitioned into smaller lots and newly constructed streets came much closer to the building.
"Broadly speaking, the proposed new building, though not 'fancy', is appropriately distinct from the style of the historic dwelling," said County Planner Anthony Riederer. "It is set to the rear of the building and will not significantly detract from its historic character."
The application deadline is Feb. 9 to join the board that meets on the second Thursday evening of each month as necessary in Oregon City.
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