HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

On the downtown beat: 1st to move from First

Written June 22nd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

There’s a development in what started years ago as the “cheese grater” story, but it has nothing to do with the big aluminum front that hides the facade of one of the oldest buildings in downtown Albany.


‘Cheese grater’? That project’s off

Written January 3rd, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The fabled “cheese grater” on Albany’s First Avenue — a sign of progress in the 1960s and now considered an architectural atrocity — is staying up there, at least for now.


$10,000 toward a greater front view

Written July 18th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

You won’t be looking at the famous “cheese grater” at 415 First Avenue W. for much longer. The downtown urban renewal agency Wednesday gave the building’s tenants $10,000 toward refurbishing the building’s front the way it looked after it was built around 1866.


415 First: Making it look great again

Written July 12th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

I don’t remember who first came up with the description of the aluminum front that hides the handsome architecture of No. 415 on Albany’s First Avenue West. But now, the days of the “cheese grater” may finally come to an end.


 
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