HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Saving Central School — with heat louvers

Written May 4th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Classrooms in Albany’s 109-year-old Central School have problems with ventilation and heating. The school district has devised a solution, and the city’s Landmarks Commission approved it this week.


At the St. Francis, demolition inside

Written February 18th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Every now and then, passersby get an indication that the work of saving and restoring the former St. Francis Hotel in Albany is going on inside.


Making repairs at historic building on Third

Written December 1st, 2023 by Hasso Hering

At 113 years of age, the two-story structure housing the Wood Apartments in the 200 block of Southeast Third Avenue may be among Albany’s oldest apartment buildings. Now the facade is getting structural repairs.


Now it’s done: Behold the ‘Opera House’

Written October 18th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

It has taken a while, but now a faded former apartment house on East First Avenue in Albany has been rebuilt as something completely different. Now it’s the Opera House, a building with century-old lines on the outside and modern, well equipped apartments inside the walls.


Downtown beat: Another restoration’s complete

Written September 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

It was four years ago that “1st Hand Seconds,” a downtown women’s second-hand clothing shop with a mission, moved from one historic Albany address on First Avenue to another, on Second. Now it’s ready to celebrate the remodeling of its 1929 building with a Saturday open house.


St. Francis: A new chapter starts downtown

Written April 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Another page is about to be turned in the continuing story of changes in Albany’s downtown. Pride Printing has occupied the ground floor of the former St. Francis Hotel for about 50 years, and now the business leaving.


Following through at Whitespires Church

Written February 23rd, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It was 46 degrees at 2 this afternoon and sunny. As long as the sun shines, cold weather evidently is no deterrent when it comes to refreshing the paint on a historic Albany church.


 
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