Art DeMuro, of Venerable Properties, remembers hitting the point of no return in the redevelopment of the White Stag Block in Portland. He realized that he and the project were linked, for better or worse, until the end. Now, he’s chasing redevelopment of Washington High School and DeMuro won’t walk away. The desire to see the building brought back into the community is too strong.
Cathy Galbraith, executive director of Bosco-Milligan Foundation, is passionate about historic preservation. That’s why this year the University of Oregon and Venerable Group awarded the 2nd annual McMath Award for historic preservation to Galbraith. The award honors the late Portland preservationist George McMath.
OF WILLIAM SARGENT Ladd’s namesake Portland buildings, only his Carriage House remains, now rehabilitated to an aesthetic state not seen since the Ladd family owned the building. In 1927, the Oregonian wrote, “the city’s restless hands are forever reaching out, removing, building, rearranging, to make room, more and more, for its growing activities.” While urban growth brought the demolition of the Ladd House in 1927, the “removing, building, and rearranging” of 2007 allowed for the preservation of the Ladd Carriage House.