Our local history has created landmarks unique to Hillsboro: the giant sequoias in front of the County courthouse; a downtown storefront; a homesteader's barn; a family cemetery; a residential district; or a set of drive-in restaurant figurines. Discovering and preserving these landmarks celebrates the distinctive attributes that help define Hillsboro to its residents, neighbors, and visitors.
Hillsboro History Book
Hillsboro (Images of America series, Arcadia Publishing, 2009) is an introduction to the history of our community. The book combines vintage images of historic Hillsboro with narrative written by Debbie Raber, Kimberli Fitzgerald and the HLAC. Authors' royalties are donated to the City to support preservation programs. For more information on how to purchase a copy, contact Debbie Raber at 503-681-6155.
Walking Tour Brochures
Walking tour brochures are available of two historic neighborhoods in Hillsboro:
Cultural Resource Inventory
Statewide Planning Goal 5 requires all local governments to inventory their historic resources and to protect those found significant. Hillsboro has had a Cultural Resource Inventory since 1985. The 81 sites on the Inventory are protected under Community Development Code Section 12.27.300. View Hillsboro's Cultural Resources through this PDF map or this interactive Google map.
Preserving Historic Hillsboro Awards
Each year the Preserving Historic Hillsboro Awards recognize the visible reminders of our community's long history, and the people who have preserved them. Awards are presented in several categories: stewardship of a residential structure in original condition; stewardship of a non-residential structure in original condition; restoration of a residential structure; retention of a historic structure through remodeling and adaptive reuse; historically appropriate new construction or reconstruction; and the Chair's award for preservation that falls outside those categories. For the past two years, Preserving Historic Hillsboro Award winners whose properties are on the Cultural Resource Inventory will also receive a Hillsboro Heritage Plaque.
Hillsboro Heritage Plaques
The City and the HLAC created the Heritage Plaque program to identify and recognize historic properties with high quality cast aluminum markers. Funds for the markers are provided partially by the property owners and partially by the City, from the Hillsboro book authors' royalties. As of May 2015 21 of the 81 designated resources in the city will be marked with Heritage Plaques.
Washington County Heritage On-Line
Over 800 historic images of Washington County are available on-line through this project, a cooperative project among the Washington County Museum, local historical societies, community libraries, and non-profit organizations. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library. View over 800 images of historic Hillsboro at the Washington County Heritage Organization website.
Request for Informal Bids for Cultural Resource Alteration Review
The City of Hillsboro occasionally asks for informal bids from Historic Preservation Professionals to provide consulting services for review of a proposed Cultural Resource Alteration application. There are no requests at this time. Please check back.
Additional Information on History and Historic Preservation in Hillsboro and Beyond
|Cooper, Colin||Planning Director||Planning||503-681-6230|
|Duray, Dawn||Administrative Support Supervisor||Planning||503-681-6436|
|Kelly , Laura||Project Manager||Planning||503-681-5321|
|Olson, Gretchen||Administrative Support Specialist||Planning||503-681-6153|