The City of West Linn is pleased to announce a new round of the rehabilitation grant program for restoration, rehabilitation, and/or repair of historic contributing buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Qualified projects can receive a grant that provides for partial reimbursement of the cost to do the work. Grant applications are available in the Planning Department at City Hall.


Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on August 19, 2019 and will be reviewed by the Historic Review Board August 20, 2019. Funding is limited and grant awards will be distributed based on the priorities below. The grants are limited to a maximum $1,000, require a 50% match, and the project must be completed with all paperwork submitted by August 1, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements

The following standards must be met to be eligible for the matching grant:


  1. The building must be an eligible contributing (EC) building in the National Register Willamette Falls Neighborhood Historic District or listed individually on the National Register. A non- contributing (NC) building may be eligible if the proposed rehabilitation would result in eligibility for contributing status. Please contact Jennifer Arnold in the Planning Department at [email protected] or 503-742-6057 for a determination if the project would change the eligibility of the building. This information is available from staff and is shown online on the Willamette Falls National Register Historic District map. Buildings that are not in period (NP) or are beyond the district boundaries are not eligible.
  2. Projects must be on the exterior of the structure, but cannot be new construction or an addition. Examples are listed below.
  3. Projects must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.


Eligible Projects and Funding Priority

First Priority: Projects that restore integrity to the architectural style by removing incompatible features, alterations or additions and/or restoring missing or altered historic features on facades visible from the public right-of-way. Example projects include, but are not limited to, the following: replacing documented missing features such as porch newel posts or balusters, eave brackets, replacing inappropriate windows or doors (aluminum, vinyl, non-wood) with wood windows or doors compatible with the architectural style, removing artificial or inappropriate siding from the house and restoring with appropriate siding.

Second Priority: Projects that remove incompatible features or restore missing or altered historic features on the elevations not visible from the public right-of-way.

Third Priority: Projects that repair or replace in-kind deteriorated historic features that are visible from the public right-of-way or projects that preserve the integrity, safety, and stability of elevations of the building not visible from the right-of-way. Examples of projects include, but are not limited to: decorative features, porch parts, columns, columns, stairs, balusters/handrails, newel posts, porch flooring and porch roofs, windows, doors, siding, foundations, and chimneys.

Read the full guidelines.


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