Preservation/WORKS is hosting a Thursday discussion on John Bennes, who designed many of the buildings at Oregon State University, Portland State and elsewhere.

The free “preservation pub” event is at 6 p.m. at the Old World Deli, 341 SW 2nd St. and is part of the celebration of OSU’s 150th anniversary.

Larry Landis, the director of OSU’s Special Collections and Archives Research Center, will speak about Bennes’ role at OSU, which includes OSU designs from 1907 through 1941. Including in his 40 original designs as well as 10 additions and remodels, are McAlexander Fieldhouse, Langton Hall, Kidder Hall, Ballard Extension Hall, the Women’s Building and Weatherford Hall.

Off-campus Corvallis buildings designed by Bennes include the First Presbyterian Church, Bexell House and at least three sorority houses.

In other public meetings:


• The governing board of the Community Services Consortium meets at 2 p.m. at the consortium’s Corvallis office, 545 SW Second St., Suite A. On the agenda are a report from the executive director, highlights of the group’s departments, a financial update and a video presentation on the group’s Lincoln City Career Tech High School Drone Academy program.

• The Imagine Corvallis Action Network Advisory board meets at 4 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Meeting Room, 500 SW Madison Ave. This is the second meeting of the new board charged with implementing the city’s new vision statement. On the agenda are discussions of the project’s framework and committee formation and assignments.

• The Philomath Planning Commission meets at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 980 Applegate St. Commissioners will start with a training session and at 7 p.m. move on to public hearings on three possible annexations.


• The Marys Peak Alliance has set a 6 p.m. event at the Old World Deli on two special insects living on Marys Peak. Anthropod researchers Loren Russell, Peter McEvoy and Katarina Lunde will present stories and photos at the free event.


• The Corvallis Watershed Management Advisory Board meets at 5:15 p.m. at the Madison room.

• An open house is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday for residents to offer feedback on the city’s transportation system plan update. The event is at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave.

Poster boards will be on display with possible solutions to city transportation issues and city staff and consultants will be on hand to answer questions. In addition, residents can participate in a survey, either at the open house or at The survey goes live on the website on Wednesday.

See Monday’s Gazette-Times for a preview story on the meeting.


• The Corvallis Budget Commission meets at 7 p.m. at the Madison room. The commission, which consists of the nine city councilors and nine community members, is set to begin its process that eventually result in the 2018-19 city budget. Commissioners will elect a chair and vice-chair and discuss budget trends, revenue projection PERS issues and the status of the local option property tax levy. 

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