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OC project wins Main Street award


The Busch family received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for the “Best Historic Restoration Project” from Oregon Main Street on Oct. 2 during the Oregon Main Street Annual Conference in Astoria.

This award is given to an individual or business that has completed an outstanding restoration project in a historic downtown. Andy Busch was on hand to accept the award.

At a prime intersection in downtown Oregon City, the Busch family has continuously operated a home furnishings business in the Busch-Weinhard building since 1885. Well-intentioned efforts to “modernize” the building created what one consultant termed “the blue awning of death,” which covered up a lot of the building’s historic features. By uncovering the facade, the project transformed an entire block of the city.