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Salvage Stories: The Holman House (Part 2)

The first time we step into salvage site, there is always an uncanny feeling; the people who have passed through the spaces, their memories, celebrations, times of struggle. These sites contain the human experience, both intimate and public. The Holman House was no exception. Over a century of residential and commercial occupation had left their marks in ways that were visible and invisible. As Portland grows, we are regularly faced with the challenge of balancing historic preservation and the evolution of the urban landscape; it’s a story as old as the city itself – preservation versus progress. Just like anything else where viewpoints are in opposition, it comes down to the actors on both sides working together to find harmony in a place that fosters both growth for the future…

Salvage Stories: The Holman House (Part 1)

Recently, we were fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to salvage some items from a significant 19th century home in downtown Portland. Despite the best efforts of conservationists in the city, the property at 1500 SW Taylor, known as the Frederick V. Holman house, was slated for demolition due to a number of different factors ultimately affecting its eligibility for preservation. Back here at the mill, our stance is preservation of landmarks, first and foremost, above all, and always. Sometimes circumstances prevent the inevitable demise of these pieces of our past, and when that happens we do our best to salvage what we can and make certain that we document things as closely as possible, so that even the things that are gone are never forgotten. When…