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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.


A new old look for a downtown address

Written April 29th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

If the owners follow through on their plans, the building believed to be the oldest wood-framed commercial structure still standing in downtown Albany will get a new look. An old look, that is.


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.


 
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