Restoration is significant in a town with such a rich architectural inventoryDr. Edward Harvey was a pioneer. Long before it was widely fashionable, Dr. Harvey promoted the restoration of Astoria's residential properties.
It's fitting that Astoria's mayor annually gives recognition to individuals who have restored commercial or residential properties. The award is named for Harvey.
The properties developed by Kenneth and Rose Marie Paavola and by Michael Foster make a big difference in the look of downtown. Foster's underground development of the historic Sanborn Building is especially inventive. Residential properties recognized in this years awards are owned by Robert Duehmig and William Griesar and by Patrick and KC McGee.
It was heartening as well to see Dave Pollard recognized with a special award to acknowledge his long service on the Historic Landmarks Commission. Pollard and his wife Linda Oldenkamp have accomplished one of the most thorough residential restorations in this or any community.
Astoria's special assets are its physical setting and a remarkable inventory of architecturally interesting residential and commercial properties. Some 65 percent of Astoria's homes were built prior to 1939 and some 70 percent were built prior to 1950.
At a moment when too many American cities and towns resemble each other, Astoria stands apart. This oldest American settlement west of the Rockies is attracting new residents who value its architectural asset. Restoration is one of our most significant activities.