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Bernadette Niederer

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Master of Science in Historic Preservation
University of Oregon, Eugene, 2006

Thesis title: Oregon’s Cast-Iron Storefronts

Courses include fundamentals of preservation, historic survey & inventory techniques, legal issues in preservation, preservation planning, recording historic structures, historic masonry, photographing buildings, National Register nomination, research methods, land use planning, exhibit planning, museology and architectural history.  Graduate level architecture courses taken include three design studios, architectural computer graphics, building construction, and environmental control systems.

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1991

Emphasis on Cultural Anthropology with areas of interest in Chinese and Native American Studies.


January 2001 – present

Preservation Consultant
Historic Preservation Northwest (HPNW)
1116 11th Avenue SW, Albany, OR 97321

Most work revolves around historic resource inventories which involve digital photo simulations, mapping, database management, and written reports.

Project participation includes:

2001 - present
• Section 106 documentation for cellular antenna installations in Oregon and Washington. As of 2015 this represents historic resource surveys for over 500 sites.

• In progress: Historic resource survey and draft National Register Multiple Property Document for the City of Dallas.

• Cemetery preservation workshop for the Eugene Masonic Cemetery Association.
• Cemetery preservation workshop for the Corvallis IOOF Cemetery and the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries.
• Repaired 29 grave markers for the St. Helens Masonic Cemetery.
• Repaired 23 grave markers for the Eugene Pioneer Cemetery.
• Repaired 121 grave markers for the Brookside Cemetery in Dayton.
• Co-wrote an assessment report for the c. 1875 Plunkett House in Kings Valley.
• Co-wrote an assessment report for the Watson-Price House (1852) and Barn (1848) in Kings Valley.

• 10-year historic preservation plan for the pioneer era Brookside Cemetery for the City of Dayton, Oregon. Project included site mapping, an inventory of monuments, and repairs for 19 markers.
• Resurvey of the Original Town Plat of Forest Grove, Oregon, and updated the Forest Grove Historic Context Statement through the Atomic Age.

• National Register Historic District Nomination for the Covington Electrical Substation for the Bonneville Power Administration.

• Preservation Plan for the City of Forest Grove, project lead.

• National Register Nomination for the Andrew Jackson and Sarah Jane Masters House in Aloha, for the City of Hillsboro's Parks & Recreation Department.

• National Register Nomination for the Malcolm McDonald House in Orenco, for the City of Hillsboro's Parks & Recreation Department.
• Historic Structures Report and Restoration Plan for the Knotts-Owens Farmhouse in Corvallis, for Corvallis Parks & Recreation.

• Mitigation report for the City of Springfield recording the history and character defining architectural features of the Jenkins House.
• Restoration Plan for the Commander's House (1856-57) at Fort Hoskins.
• Survey of 353 resources in the Sehome Neighborhood of Bellingham, WA with an analysis of the area's history and National Register potential.

• Condition assessment report for the Hebo Lake Community Kitchen (1936), a CCC log structure.

• Reconnaissance level survey of post-WWII subdivisions in East Portland, OR

• Reconnaissance level survey of 473 structures in Glenwood, OR

• Three National Register Nominations: Cissna, York and South Hill Districts in Bellingham, WA
• Historic Resource Survey in Bellingham, WA (2167 properties)

• On-call consulting for Parametrix, Columbia River Crossings historic resource survey

• Historic Structures Report, A.T. Smith House, Forest Grove, OR
• Draft National Register Historic District, Silverton, OR
• Condition Assessment Report, Perrydale Depot, Polk County, OR

• Condition Assessment Report, Monroe Depot, Benton County, OR

• Historic Resource Survey in Albany including GIS
• Book: A History of Corvallis High School
• Eugene River Road Area Historic Context Statement
• City of Forest Grove Reconnaissance Survey

• Eugene Historic Context Statement Eugene Modernism 1935-65
• Oregon City McLoughlin District Survey, including GIS

• Corvallis Historic Resource Survey including GIS

July 2007 - January 2008

Preservation Consultant
230 SW 6th Street, Corvallis, OR 97333

On-call consulting for the Columbia River Crossings project. Primary work involves a historic resource survey of approximately 900 properties in Vancouver, WA.

September 2001 - June 2002

Technical Graduate Administrative Fellow
University of Oregon, Historic Preservation Program
Pacific Hall 234, 5233 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403

The primary duty of the Historic Preservation Technical GAF was to maintain and update the Program’s website.  I gave the site a complete overhaul with new structure, expanded content, and updated images.

January 1997 - August 1999

Office Assistant & Gift-Shop Manager (starting Jan. 1997)
Membership & Public Relations Coordinator (starting Oct. 1998)

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
123 Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Working in any non-profit agency requires flexibility.  In addition to prosaically answering the telephones, I was also involved in office management, research, archaeology, collections management, printing and publications, event planning, promotion, and many other aspects of daily operations.

August 1997 - July 1998

Shipping Manager & Assistant Cartographer
Channel Crossings Nautical Charts
125 Harbor Way #21, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

Assisted in the production of a chart of San Pedro Channel & Los Angeles.  Began initial research and design for another of San Diego Bay.

November 1996 - August 1997

Assistant Director
Karpeles Manuscript Library and Museum
21 W. Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

The KML&M consists of a collection of 1,000,000 original documents owned by David Karpeles.  Duties involved database maintenance, employee training, events management, and visitor relations.

August 1995 -March 1997

Volunteer Coordinator & Assistant Riding Instructor
Santa Barbara Therapeutic Riding Academy
P.O. Box 31016, Santa Barbara, CA 93130

Recruited, trained and managed volunteers, assisted in the planning and implementation of a large annual fundraiser, and filled-in for accredited riding instructors during their absences.

August 1995 -March 1997

Sales-Clerk, Shift-Supervisor
Earthling Bookshop
1137 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Though it has since fallen victim to the chain store wars, during my time there the Earthling was one of the largest and busiest independent bookstores in California.  The store and its employees strived to be on the forefront of active retailing with book signings, lectures and presentations.  While my duties included customer assistance, I was also responsible for shaping the store’s image through displays which were frequently connected to community events and arranging for local artists to exhibit their works in the store.

Fall 1989 - Spring 1991

Store Assistant, Special Exhibit Store Assistant Manager
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93109

The museum store prided itself on supporting the growing folk art boom.  As such it operated like a gallery with featured artists.  Working in sales and displays required specific knowledge of the artists, their traditions and technologies.



Wendell Lovett Award, "Cast-Iron Storefronts and the Foundries of Albany, Oregon," Marion Dean Ross Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, 2006.

Community Scholars Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2005.



Niederer, Bernadette.  "Making a There, Here in Albany," ASHP Journal 19 (Spring 2006): 30-32.

Niederer, Bernadette and David Pinyerd.  A History of Corvallis High School.  Corvallis, OR: Corvallis School District 4J, 2005.



Vice President, Monteith Historical Society
Board Secretary, Pacific Northwest Chapter Society of Architectural Historians



Computer Programs:

Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Go Live, PageMaker
Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access
FileMaker Pro
ESRI ArcView
Apple Works
Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge (fund raising)
AutoDesSys Form Z


Fluent in German and English
Studied French, Spanish and Japanese



Organized Preservation Week 2000 in Eugene.
Associated Students for Historic Preservation Treasurer, Winter 2000 - Spring 2001.
SBCC, 1998-99, courses in computer aided & manual drafting.
Docent, Santa Barbara Historic Society & Trust for Historic Preservation.
SB Adult Education 1996, course in document conservation.
SB Adult Education 1994-95, courses in Interior Design, Historic Furniture, Textiles.

Modified: 01/16/2020