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ENDANGERED: Vale Hotel makes it to attention-getting list

The historic Vale Hotel has made the list of the state's most endangered places. Restoration work continues but the building remains unused.

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

The ghosts of the Vale Hotel are at risk.

They have no electricity, water or sewer.

Their three-story building is in such sad shape that a state group recently branded the hotel as one of “Oregon’s Most Endangered Places.”

That could bring critical help for an immediate repair project and for planning the total restoration of the iconic hotel.

“There needs to be a preservation plan to prioritize the many issues and uses of the building,” said Restore Oregon, the nonprofit that picks structures for its endangered list. Restore Oregon, however, isn’t interested in turning old buildings into museums . . .