HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Council denies appeal on window replacement

Written October 13th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Over the last 20 years or so, Willamette Community Church has replaced 122 balky old windows in its historic building, the former Albany High School. On Wednesday the city council denied the church’s request to finish the job by replacing the last 11 windows on the list.


Developer pulls out of St. Francis project

Written September 15th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

An Albany developer has dropped his plan to renovate the former St. Francis Hotel and adjacent Rhodes Block, but the idea of the restoration itself may not yet be completely dead.


Vinyl window issue goes to Albany council

Written September 10th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The church that has owned and cared for the former Albany High School since 1964 is going to ask the city council to allow it to finish replacing 34 windows in the historic building’s façade.


Vinyl windows? Landmarks panel says no

Written September 3rd, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The church that owns the old Albany High School has run into a roadblock in its project to replace 34 windows in the historic building’s façade.


On vinyl windows, another skirmish looms

Written August 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Wood or vinyl? When it comes to replacing old windows, that has been a recurring battle between owners and regulators in Albany’s historic districts for decades. The latest skirmish takes place Sept. 1, when the city’s Landmarks Commission holds a public hearing to review the use of “substitute materials” at the old Albany High School, […]


 
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