Historic Hood River
City Hall Remodel
Since 1994 I’ve been snapping photos around town capturing changes and events I thought worth documenting. A couple of years ago I started tagging my photos for eventual donation to the museum’s collection. The heavy snow last week gave me some time to finish the job. Somehow in my large digital photo collection I found 727 images I thought worth adding to our archives. They may not be great photographs, but this photoblog is about history, and they tell my part of the story of the last 25 years. Think about my photos in the context of Ella Mae Davidson or Arline Moore, rather than Benjamin Gifford!
This week and next I’ll be sharing some those 727 images with you. As you look at them, think about what photos in your collection you might want to share for future HHR readers to debate, dissect and enjoy.
This is a good one to start with because not only did I get to watch it happen, I got to sign the checks. Our 1920 City Hall building got a major renovation in 2011. The facade was cleaned and restored, and new entrances and windows were cut in the south face. When the building was originally constructed there was plumbers shop on that parcel, so the south face wasn’t built as a facade. The architect needed to follow historic renovation guidelines of not “faking” a 1920’s style facade, while reflecting the historic nature of the building.