After having been open for over 70 years, Petersen Rock Garden is taking a needed break in order to evaluate and identify critical areas for preservation, restoration, repair and timely improvements. This closure will last from 1 February until 24 May 2013, start of Memorial Day weekend.
This period of time is in part for the benefit of consideration of the Petersen Rock Garden and Museum into the National Historic Registry by mid-February at the review of Diana Painter [firstname.lastname@example.org] National Register/Survey Coordinator of the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). In order to qualify there is a period of public notice and review consideration for this honor and distinction.
Owner Susan Caward hopes there is an outpouring of support for this process. “This is for our local significance as a place of wonder and public sentiment which has helped to remind us of how the amazing imagination and legacy of Rasmus Petersen, who built a local tourist attraction from the first stone to the last, could have an impact on this region for future generations,” Caward said.
“Prepare to keep and have the Rock Garden open, with the generous help and contributions and kind gestures of the many local, national and international visitors who have supported over these past 70 years, on Memorial Day Weekend 2013 and for the future. Thank you for your support and check our progress on facebook and our soon to be released website.”