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Restoration efforts move forward to preserve historic Vale bank

Members of the Malheur Country Historical Society are reviewing a draft renovation plan for the First Bank of Vale, one of the oldest buildings in town. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – A draft plan for preserving one of the oldest buildings in town is under review by the Malheur Country Historical Society.

The renovation blueprint – framed by an historical architect – is an initial step toward renovating the First Bank of Vale building. Built in 1901, the structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992. 

Two grants paid the $8,500 cost of creating the preservation plan, said Bob Butler, a member of the historical society.

 Butler said members are reviewing the first draft, and when that is complete, the society will give . . .