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The Rose Building Added to the National Register of Historic Places

In March of 2010, the Portland Rose Festival Foundation moved into the historic John Yeon Building (located in Tom McCall Waterfront Park), now unofficially dubbed as the ‘Rose Building.’

Nearly two years of work by a large group of people went into the planning and implementation of the restoration of the building, which had been standing vacant for some time. City Commissioner Randy Leonard saw the potential of the building that some were suggesting should be demolished. He felt the property would be an ideal fit as the new Rose Festival headquarters. You can ready more about the details of this decision in Commissioner Leonard’s recent blog ENTRY.

On September 24, 2010, the ‘Visitor Information Center‘ (designed by Portland architect John Yeon and now home to the the Portland Rose Festival) was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places.

On May 22, the Rose Festival hosted an Open House, allowing the public to view the building and countless historical items. This will be an annual event, giving visitors the opportunity to see this amazing building up close and personal.

View the Historic Registry announcement letter:

Official Notification [PDF]