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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, […]


A sign appears of downtown building’s past

Written July 14th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A century-old sign of Albany history saw the light of day again when workers took the stucco off the brick wall of the old King Griff Building on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and Lyon Street.


On the riverfront: New use for historic building

Written April 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

A construction fence blocking a Water Avenue parking lot drew my attention as I rode past on my bike. So I stopped to see what was up.


 
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