Aurora gets historic perservation boost
The city of Aurora announced that it has received an $11,500 grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Certified Local Government program under the State Historic Preservation Office.
City Recorder Scott Jorgensen noted that the city began work on the grant last year when the Historic Review Board began soliciting applications. Aurora has two projects that qualified: preservation and repairs for masonry walls for the 1905 bank building; roof repairs for the historic Walter Fry House located downtown.
Both are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The bank building houses the Pheasant Run Winery was originally constructed for the World's Fair.
Funds from the grant allocation will go to the property owners to reimburse them for the costs of the restoration projects.
"The city would like to thank its volunteers on the Historic Review Board for their work on this grant application," Jorgensen said. "All of the work that has been done on these important buildings will help ensure that the city continues to be a destination for tourists who are interested in the area's unique history."
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