The McCulloch Foundation is among the most effective forces for preservation in Oregon, because we jump in and save historic buildings. Where other preservation organizations have focused on education or advocacy to promote preservation, we have simply bought threatened buildings and remodeled them. By focusing on action, we have been able to actually step in and buy and to save and remodel some of Oregon’s most precious places: Historic homes and neighborhoods that make our communities livable and authentic.
2216 NE 15th Ave
The Foundation is restoring this endangered property. Neighbors and leaders of the Irvington Historic District reached out us to buy this house because it was in such disrepair that any other developer would have demolished it (interestingly, it is on its first and only paint job since 1894). We begin 2018 with the house up on steel beams to restore it with a solid foundation, and we are partnering with a local company to design period-appropriate moldings.
Emma Austin House
The Foundation was a recipient of the Lake Oswego Preservation Society’s prestigious Morgan Award. We purchased the stunning Emma Austin House, Lake Oswego’s most beautiful Arts and Crafts residence, rescuing it from the brink of demolition.
The Foundation was invited to design the plans to help rescue this important Portland landmark that would have otherwise been demolished. We dream of helping to bring this house into service as part of our affordable housing Sharewell Model, to reverse neighborhood displacement.
When the Foundation stepped in, this landmark property was on its way to being replaced by three infill units. There was too much vital Portland history hanging in the balance for us not to save it. Originally the real estate office of Laurelhurst, the Markham House was once partially owned by John Olmsted (one of America’s most famous names in landscape architecture, whose plans have guided most of the development of Portland’s parks). We re-imagined it into a beautiful space, in which we raised millions for local charities and non-profits, while teaching thousands about Portland history. Additionally, we worked with a group of neighbors to raise a portion of the purchase price of the house, creating more awareness of the demolition epidemic city-wide.
Laurelhurst Historic District
To help protect Laurelhurst heritage homes from demolition, the Foundation gave free lectures on the history of the neighborhood and hosted fundraisers to save it. We supported dozens of other nonprofit organizations, helping to encourage the movement toward establishing Laurelhurst as a national historic district. We then put forth the idea of a petition, so that neighborhood members would have a chance to preserve the cultural fabric of their neighborhood before industry weighed in to influence them against it.
Stopped House Bill 2007
When developers backed a bill to make new historic districts illegal state-wide, we stepped in to educate and advocate. Though the opposition spent over one million dollars to make their bill into a law, the McCulloch Foundation was able to activate powerful partnerships to stop it in its tracks.
Peninsula Park Pergola Project
The McCulloch Foundation is honored to design period-appropriate structures for Peninsula Park, to amplify the historical significance of this great part of Portland’s cultural fabric.
Blocked 15 Demolitions
In our first year, we stopped more than 15 demolitions in order to preserve Portland’s heritage and beauty. The Foundation is actively saving Portland history, through the purchase and restoration of landmark properties.