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Markham House donations now tax-deductible

Photo Credit: COURTESY PICTURE - Residents of the Laurelhurst neighborhood and preservationists are rallying to save the historic Markham House.
A fundraising drive to save the historic Markham House in Northeast Portland from demolition is nearing an important deadline.

The campaign must raise another $10,000 in earnest money by Monday, Oct. 6. If that deadline is met, another $30,000 in earnest money will be due by Oct. 22.

To help raise the money, the Architectural Heritage Center has partnered with the volunteer "Save the Markham Home” campaign. This means that the remainder of the donations are tax deductible through nonprofit preservation organizations.

The house at 3206 Northeast Glisan Street has been bought by developer Peter Kusyk, who plans to replace it with two new houses. According to neighbor Jennifer Moffatt, Kusyk has agreed to sell it to renovator John McCulloch for $650,000. McCulloch is only willing to pay $600,000 for the house, however, meaning neighbors and others must raise the rest of the money to save it.

The neighbors have made the first earnest money payment and are seeking the rest. They will have a table outside the house during this weekend's Greekfest at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St.

Moffatt calls the task daunting but is hopeful the money can be raised and the house can be saved. She says Kusyk has agreed to drop his asking price from $700,000 to $675,000 as part of the ongoing negotiations.

Donations can also be made on the campaign's facebook page at www.facebook.com/savemarkhamhome?ref=bookmarks.

And donations can be made by check to the AHC or online here: www.gofundme.com/e4vsjk.

The Markham House is just one of several historic properties that neighbors have worked to preserve in recent months as demolition and in-fill redevelopment project are increasing because of the improving economy.

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