The Oregon Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) was established in Portland in 1911. It is located in Portland’s Old Town/ Chinatown at 315 NW Davis Street. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Over the 104 years of history, the CCBA has served the community as the first Chinese language school in Oregon; performance venue for movies, operas and plays; gathering place for meetings and social events; and classes in traditional lion dance, cultural dances and martial arts. The organization has been in continual operation and serves the community with sponsorship in various charitable activities with the Asian Health and Service Center, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races, SOLV and other events. Each year, the CCBA holds the Chinese New Year Celebration where the proceeds benefit the association in its college scholarships, Graduation Dinner which honors the high school graduates, Summer Picnic, Autumn Moon Festival and Language School Fundraiser. A 501(c)(3) non- profit association which promotes the Chinese language and cultural arts depends solely on donations from the public to maintain its operations and activities.
In 1978, a renovation began to bring the building to comply with building codes. The electrical, plumbing and heating systems were updated. A fire sprinkler system was installed. Over the years, the aging building has slowly deteriorated.
In June 2010, a fourth floor sprinkler head broke and damaged three quarters of the building. Water filled the fourth floor and ran down every floor to the basement. Fortunately, the insurance covered $500,000 of the $750,000 cost to restore the building. The building interior was renovated to include the walls and hardwood floors. Then, the roof gave out during the rainiest, wettest winter. The roof cost of $25,000 was paid for from the Renovation Fund.
In 2011, a new heating and cooling system was installed at a cost of $60,000 to bring the building to a more energy efficient operating level. When the renovation was almost complete, the sewer line separated causing sewage to come up the basement drains. The sewer repair costs an unbudgeted expense of $18,000. The single pane windows, which are over 100 years old, were needing replacement. But being a historical building, the windows can not be replaced. Custom made inside storm windows were installed to retain the historical appearance. The costs of the custom windows were $20,000.
Repairs to the building exterior walls were next. The mortar between the bricks on the outside wall is crumbling. Tuck pointing is necessary to maintain the walls integrity. This is the process of packing mortar between the bricks to prevent the wall from sagging and maintain its strength. Costs estimates were received and the project will take thousands of dollars, so we continued to review our options.
The time has come that the tuck pointing project be the priority. We are reaching out to the community to help in this effort in raising $253,000 for the tuck pointing. At the
April 2015 Board meeting, the members have pledged over $20,000. towards the goal. Executive Director Stephen Ying and Advisor Mary Leong will chair the Fund Raising effort. We are calling on the community to help save and preserve our historic building. Checks can be made payable to: CCBA or Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association
Please send your donations to:
CCBA Tuck Pointing Fund
c/o 2211 SW 1st Ave Suite #110
Portland, OR 97201
Thank you for your support and commitment in preserving our historic CCBA building and its place in Old Town/Chinatown. Your contribution makes a difference and donations are tax deductible.
Donate Now – Progress Report ( Goal $253,000/00 )