Harold Two July 18th, 2008
The Portland Observer reports on the refurbishing of the historic Albina Dome.
Area residents are invited to celebrate the rededication of the Dawson Park Gazebo during a community concert featuring local musician Patrick Lamb on Wednesday, July 16 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The park is located on the corner of North Stanton Street and North Vancouver Avenue.
The beautiful dome and brick flooring of the Dawson Park Gazebo were salvaged from the Hill Building, last located on North Russell Street during the early 1970s in the last days of a significant business district for the African American community before displacement by the expansion of Emanuel Hospital.
The dome was placed in Dawson Park in 1978. The Hill Building was built in 1890 and was once the cornerstone of the former city of Albina. The Dawson Park Gazebo serves as a reminder of the Albina of yesterday.
The Portland Development Commission financed all the gazebo’s renovation and improvements using tax increment proceeds from the Interstate Corridor Urban Renewal Area.
The renovated gazebo enhances and protects the historic dome and brings focus to the cultural significance of the dome.
All of the renovation was carefully planned with Portland Parks & Recreation; the Albina Rotary and Eliot Neighborhood Association community partners; who have encouraged and supported the renovation of the gazebo.
In the accompanying photograph, Harold Williams Sr. joins Serena Stoudamire, Albina Rotary president, at the Dawson Park Gazebo rededication.
As reported in The Portland Observer, July 16, 2008