Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) works in partnership with individuals, organizations and government entities to help identify various ways to preserve and use historic sites and places.
The SHPO was established in 1967 to manage and administer programs for the protection of the state’s historic and cultural resources. When these resources disappear, Oregonians not only lose the tangible and educational value they contribute to our heritage, we can also lose a real monetary value to our economy and intangible, yet quite meaningful, aspects of Oregon’s culture.
SHPO’s program coordinators and representatives assist city planners and other officials, property owners and preservation groups in finding forward-thinking solutions to better protect and preserve our past.
By wisely planning for growth and change, while respecting and ultimately protecting historic buildings and other important sites, state agencies, local governments and community organizations can play key leadership roles in safeguarding Oregon’s cultural heritage resources. By becoming involved in historic preservation efforts at the local level, Oregonians can gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our shared heritage in all its variations.