The spring 2015 Dayton Community Newsletter is out! Download it to read the latest news about the fountain rebuild in the park, Friday Nights, and more!
A recent article in Northwest Travel Magazine features a few of the exciting restaurants in Dayton: “Dayton, Oregon, a town of 2,500 at the foot of Dundee Hills wine country in the Willamette Valley, has experienced a mini-explosion in its food scene and a renaissance in historic-buildings-turned-eateries
savor this little town that’s claiming its rightful place as a food destination—and a model of historic preservation—in this ever-burgeoning valley.”
The historic Dayton First Baptist Church building at 301 Main Street is experiencing new life – this time, as a restaurant. The building, built in 1886, is one of the oldest brick buildings in Yamhill County. Its congregation moved to larger quarters in the 1980s. Under the new ownership of Twin Towers LLC, it has undergone a historically sensitive renovation and a new structure with kitchen facilities has been constructed in the rear of the property. The Block House Cafe, previously at 302 Ferry Street, relocated to the renovated property in November 2014, serving up authentic American comfort food to the Dayton community and beyond.
Seismic upgrades, removal of the mezzanine floor that divided the space, and brick cleaning and repointing was completed in 2012. In 2014, the church space was converted into a dining room featuring a hickory floor, a fir ceiling, and a ten-foot high walnut custom cabinet set behind the dining counter. All of the fir table tops were made from the salvaged 1886 floor joists. New landscaping includes three patios, with views of the historic Fort Yamhill Blockhouse and Courthouse Square Park across the street. Artwork on the walls features scenes from local Dayton-area farms. Noted Portland preservation architect Paul M. Falsetto oversaw the project.
A number of other downtown Dayton buildings have been made more attractive in recent years. Many of the recent renovation efforts were inspired by a set of design plans from professionals with the State Historic Preservation Office, who met with building owners in 2010 after the Dayton Community Development Association (DCDA) contacted SHPO for assistance. SHPO staff presented a set of recommendations for facade improvements in July 2010. Over the past four years, seven downtown buildings have undergone facade improvements and renovations, including the civic addition of the new Palmer Creek Lodge Community Center when the City of Dayton purchased and renovated the Palmer Creek Lodge Masonic Temple on Fourth Street with the help of an $800,000 federal CDBG grant. Other civic improvements include the recently completed renovation of the historic Blockhouse and bandstand in Courthouse Square Park and the installation of new, wider sidewalks and new street trees downtown. The historic fountain in the park is currently undergoing rehabilitation as well. This partnership of public and private investment and the downtown revitalization efforts of the nonprofit Dayton Community Development Association are helping to make downtown Dayton into a great place to invest, live, work and play!
Dayton received several Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award from Oregon Main Street Wednesday during the Oregon Main Annual Conference in McMinnville, according to a press release. Awards were received for:
- Best Special Event Series: Dayton Friday Nights
- Best Façade Renovation: The Barlow Room
- Outstanding Business: Archie’s Ice Cream & Eatery
Accepting the awards were Mary Czarnecki for The Barlow Room, Ashley and Scott Archibald for Archie’s ice Cream and Eatery, and Kelly Haverkate, program coordinator for the Dayton Community Development Association. Attendance averaged 300-400 at the events, which enjoyed strong support from the community, businesses, and volunteers. “We are thrilled to present these awards to Dayton,” said Sheri Stuart, Oregon Main Street Coordinator. “The community has really come together to transform this tiny town in just a few short years through their downtown revitalization efforts.”
Four new artfully-painted wine barrel planters are adding color and style to the downtown Dayton streetscape. Local resident and DCDA super-volunteer Teresa Shelburne spearheaded this Dayton Community Development Association project. Teresa, an interior designer by trade, coordinated all aspects of the project, including acquiring the barrels, plants and materials as well as recruiting local volunteer artists. Businesses and building owners along Ferry Street graciously agreed to host and water the planters in front of their buildings. Each wine barrel is artistically painted with themes honoring Dayton’s agricultural heritage and planted with flowering and evergreen plants such as camellias and rosemary. The artists are Kylie Spivey, Heidi Lindell, Karol Crowder, and Jeannie Putman. The wine barrels and plants were generously donated by Stoller Family Estate, Red Ridge Farms and French Prairie Perennials. Look for more barrels to be added in coming months.
Join the Dayton Community Development Association and community members in cleaning up Dayton’s highways on Saturday, September 27th from 8-11 a.m. Bring your friends, neighbors, kids (age 16 and up) and family and help pick up trash along along 3rd Street/Wallace Rd./Hwy 221. Meet at the Block House Cafe at 8 a.m. (free coffee and courtesy of the Cafe!) and bring work gloves if you have them – the DCDA will provide trash bags and supplies. RSVPs appreciated, to John Francis & Caye Poe at 503 864-3933 or email@example.com.
Interested in working on community events in Dayton, such as Dayton Friday Nights with classic car cruise-ins in the summertime, or on beautifying downtown with plantings and planters? You are invited to join us at our monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 at the City Hall Annex, 408 Ferry Street. Those are just some of the DCDA projects you could work on with your fellow community members. Join us at our meetings if you’d like more info!
Celebrate old friendships and new at the Dayton Fire District’s annual Old Timers Weekend Chicken Barbecue. Held on the last weekend of July in Dayton’s Courthouse Square Park, this annual celebration began in 1934 as a town potluck and has continued through the years to become a time of celebration and family and class reunions.
This year the festivities will begin on Friday, July 25th as part of the Friday Nights downtown events, with a Cruise In on Fourth Street from 5-9 pm, vendors in the park, a bike decorating event from 4-5:30 pm, followed by the Community Parade at 6 pm, the Senior Court Coronation at 7 p.m., and live music by Bill Lasslett’s band starting after the Coronation until 9 p.m.
On Saturday, family and class reunions occur in the Park, and on Sunday, enjoy a wonderful chicken dinner with all the fix ins’. This Sunday fundraiser is the Fire District’s main fundraiser to help support Fire Prevention Education.