Historic Resources & Preservation

Celebrate May 2024 Preservation Month

Lake Oswego, Oregon – Citizens in Lake Oswego will join thousands of individuals across the country to celebrate National Preservation Month this May with the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This is a month-long opportunity to showcase the City’s historic places and tell the American story. Preservation month is meant to connect the preservation community and introduce new audiences to the City’s work in preservation of the places that make Lake Oswego special. This year we will be presenting a Lifetime Achievement award to a very special individual who has made many significant contributions to the city’s Historic Preservation Program and has been there to shepherd these projects to their completion since its inception.  This award which was referred to in previous years as the Historic Preservation Merit Award will now be known herein after as the Jeannie McGuire Historic Preservation Award.  There is no other individual is more worthy of being the first recipient of this award than Jeannie McGuire!

Here in Lake Oswego, Preservation Month, 2024 will be observed by:

  • A Historic Preservation Proclamation read by Mayor, Joseph Buck at the City Council meeting on May 21.
  • Presentation of the Lifetime Achievement award – The Jeannie McGuire Historic Preservation Award to Jeannie McGuire for her numerous and significant contributions    con work on his work on restoring the theatre complex.   
  • A public outreach and raising awareness of the importance Lake Oswego’s past with the real estate community, building community historic property owners and other members of the public.

Learn more about National Preservation Month at:

National Trust for Historic Preservation 


Oregon State Historic Preservation Office 

http:// www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/SHPO/Pages/index.aspx.

Reconnaissance Level Survey to Be Conducted in the Lake Grove Neighborhood

The City of Lake Oswego will be conducting a Selective Reconnaissance Level Survey in the Lake Grove Neighborhood to help us better understand the important historic and architectural places that define the community.  A Selective Reconnaissance Level Survey is a systematic architectural survey of homes that are greater than 45 years old. To learn more about this project, click here.

Mid-Century Lake Oswego - A Look at Lake Oswego's Modern Developments 1935-1965

This project was partially funded by Oregon’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) with a matching grant through its Certified Local Government Program. Accordingly this project has, in part, been financed with Federal funds through the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The contents and opinions of this document do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior or SHPO, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.  To view the document click here.

Oswego's Iron History - 1865-1928 - A Historical Look at the Iron Industry and Related Developments in Lake Oswego, Oregon

The Oswego Iron Industry context statement is a result of a Preservation Planning Internship offered by the City of Lake Oswego.  This study was funded in part by a grant from the National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior through the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, under the provisions of the National Historic Preservation Act, 1966 as amended.  To view the document click here.

Historic Preservation Training Slides

At the Development Review Commission meeting on June 19, 2017, Kristin Minor, with Peter Meijer Architects provided training to the Development Review Commission. You can view the powerpoint presentation presented at the Development Review Commission meeting on June 19, 2017, Kristin Minor, with Peter Meijer Architects. 

Watch the training session video.

Contact Information

Paul Espe, Associate Planner and Staff Coordinator for the Historic Resources Advisory Board
Email: pespe@lakeoswego.city
Phone: (503) 697-6577

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