The Historic Preservation League of Oregon (HPLO) will host a Preservation Roundtable, “Charting a Course for Oregon’s Historic Masonry Buildings,” from 1:30 to 5 p.m. May 11 at Astoria City Hall, 1095 Duane St. Preregistration is required.

Some of Oregon’s historic buildings are in urgent need of repurposing, rehabilitation and seismic upgrade. There are more than 5,000 brick, stone, and concrete masonry buildings across the state; many of which stand part-empty, don’t meet modern code, or lack seismic reinforcement.

Finding thoughtful solutions for investing in these buildings is the focus of the 2012 Preservation Round-table. Property owners, city commissioners, professionals in the architecture and building trades, as well as all interested members of the community are welcome to attend and participate.

The workshop will be facilitated by prominent members of Oregon’s preservation, architecture, and engineering communities and is designed to allow all participants to contribute to the roundtable discussion of core issues and opportunities for revitalizing these buildings.

Breakout sessions on insurance and finance, codes and design, and planning and economic development will engage a wide range of participants in discussing the policy areas that hamper efforts to fully revitalize these buildings.

Tickets must be ordered in advance. The cost is $10 for the general public and $7 for members of the HPLO. Registration includes snacks plus a behind-the-scenes tour of several historic buildings not typically open to the public. Tickets are available at www.historic preservationleague.org/roundTable.php or by calling (503) 243-1923. 

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