This week Kimberli introduced us to a new City of Salem program, Salem Heritage Neighborhoods, the goal of which is to partner with the residents of our historic neighborhoods to learn more of the unique history of the area in which they live and the legacy they preserve and protect, enhancing their sense of community through the process. This program arose from a survey of the residents of Salem's historic areas regarding what services they desired from the city's historic preservation program. To learn more about this new program, click here.
Grant Neighborhood was the first designated Heritage Neighborhood. One of the ways they will learn more about their neighborhood community is by participating in a house-to-house survey program undertaken by two Willamette student interns under the direction of UO professor Thomas Hubka. Professor Hubka talked with us about his recent book, Houses without Names: Architectural Nomenclature and the Classification of America's Common Houses (Vernacular Architecture Studies), which describes common housing types in America, many examples which are found in the Grant Neighborhood. Professor Hubka's book can be found on Amazon.com and other book retailers. He autographed our copy of the book with his signature along with a hand-drawn streetscape of vernacular-style houses--how wonderful is that!