PORTLAND – The 115-year-old Union Fisherman's Cooperative net loft in Uppertown Astoria is considered at risk of extinction.

The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO) announced its list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places today at a benefit luncheon in Portland May 22. Each property represents a significant historic resource in imminent danger of being lost to hard times, development pressures, demolition, or neglect.

Helping to announce Oregon’s Most Endangered Places was Congressman Earl Blumenauer who spoke on the economic benefits of preservation and its ability to generate significant numbers of local jobs.

Properties on the Most Endangered Places list represent a cross-section of historic properties ranging from a relic of Oregon’s early movie palaces to a 1920s amusement ride, from elegant inn to a humble farmstead outbuilding, and from a one-room storehouse to an entire Landmark district. Each is irreplaceable.

Included on this year’s list is the Uppertown Net Shed in Astoria, one of the last remaining relics from the Columbia’s salmon fishing and canning heyday. Built in 1900, the net shed was wrecked in a violent storm in 2007 that tore the roof off along with half of the north wall of the structure. Rehabilitation and repurposing as an artist space is envisioned, and a community-based non-profit is being formed, but the nominators hope that the statewide spotlight on the plight and potential of the net shed will bring needed support.

The complete list of endangered places also includes:

  • Ice House, Eagle Point
  • Jantzen Beach Carousel, Portland
  • Rivoli Theater, Pendleton
  • Rosemont Farm Smokehouse, Yamhill
  • Skidmore Old Town District, Portland
  • St. Francis Hotel, Albany
  • Viewpoint Inn, Corbett
  • Willamette Falls Locks, West Linn (listed in tandem with the National Trust for Historic Preservation who has designated the locks as a “National Treasure,” and for which the Trust will be providing targeted field support)

“Our goal in publicizing Oregon’s Most Endangered Places is to spotlight the value of these places as cultural and economic assets,” says Executive Director, Peggy Moretti. “Over the course of the next year we’ll bring together rehabilitation expertise, resources, and local support to revitalize these properties. We want to see them function as contributing assets in their communities and passed forward to future generations.”

Selected from nominations submitted by citizens from around the state, properties on Oregon’s Most Endangered Places list will receive assistance from the HPLO to address immediate threats and develop strategies for long term viability. They will also be able to apply for an HPLO seed grant to kick-start rehabilitation efforts.

A profile of each endangered place will be featured on the HPLO website where readers can track their progress throughout the year. Visit www.HistoricPreservationLeague.org.

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