HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Box on the roof: City sets public hearing

Written September 24th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Eventually — maybe one of these years — the oldest former church building in Albany might again get a steeple. But in the meantime it has only the base on which, once upon a time, its steeple sat.


Restoration planned at downtown corner

Written July 28th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

An empty building in Albany’s Downtown Historic District would be restored pretty much to look the way it did a century ago, according to plans submitted to the city’s planning division.


A penthouse for the old St. Francis

Written July 16th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The former St.Francis Hotel at First Avenue and Ferry Street in Albany might end up with an addition, a crowning feature you might say. Drawings prepared by Albany architect Don Johnson for the renovation of the four-story structure show a penthouse on the roof.


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, […]


Cumberland move gets Landmarks’ OK

Written October 7th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Landmarks Commission Wednesday unanimously approved a plan to move — and thereby save — the historic Cumberland Church.


Landmarks denial appealed to Albany council

Written June 2nd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

As expected, the Albany City Council will once again be asked to decide what happens on the corner lot of Fourth and Calapooia where it authorized the demolition of three historic but dilapidated houses last year.


What’s proposed at 4th and Calapooia

Written April 17th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

The Albany Planning Division on Thursday posted a public notice of the property owners’ plans for the northeast corner of Fourth Avenue and Calapooia Street, where after a prolonged controversy three century-old and dilapidated houses were demolished last year.


 
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