Who We Are

Formed in 1986, the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve and advance historic downtown Astoria’s culture and character through inspired partnerships and community engagement to support a vibrant and resilient economic future for all Astorians.

ADHDA is a Nationally Accredited, Performing Main Street Community, as recognized by the National Main Street and Oregon Main Street Programs. With a dedicated 12-member board and 4 hard working committees, ADHDA implements the 4-Point Main Street Approach throughout the downtown district, which is primarily comprised of 38 blocks: from 5th to 17th Streets to the west and east and from Exchange Street to the Columbia River to the south and the north.

  • Astoria Sunday Market which brings in over 1 million dollars in sales into our community every year and includes:
    • Over 150 vendors selling handmade and locally produced arts and crafts, produce, food and more
    • Cruise Ship Markets
    • Farm/Food Incubator Booth
    • SNAP + Double Up Food Bucks
    • Live Music
    • Biz Kidz, a booth for youth in collaboration with Clatsop County 4-H
  • Second Saturday Artwalk which includes over 30 galleries/Artwalk destinations
  • Downtown Shopping, Arts and Culture, and Dining Maps
  • Downtown Parking by contracting with the city and overseeing the Community Outreach Officer position
  • Downtown Block Captains
Sunday Market

We have secured hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding for historic preservation, affordable housing and building façade restoration. Examples of some projects include:

  • Riviera Building at 11th and Marine (Columbian Theater)
  • Merwyn Apartments/Waldorf Hotel at 1067 Duane St
  • Odd Fellows Building at 10th and Commercial
  • JC Penney Building at 1343 Commercial (now Astoria Vintage Hardware)
  • The Liberty Theater Building Complex at 12th and Commercial/Duane
Merwyn Apartments (before)Merwyn Apartments (after)

Merwyn Apartments (before/after) won an Oregon Main Street Excellence on Main Award for Outstanding Downtown Housing

  • The State Historic Preservation Office
  • Clatsop Community College’s Historic Preservation Program
  • The Lower Columbia Preservation Society
  • The City of Astoria
  • Other Main Street Organizations
  • Pacific Power
  • Travel Oregon
  • The Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce
  • Local businesses, organizations, schools and community members
  • Managing downtown landscaping and planters
  • Facilitating downtown cleanup days and Love Your Streets
  • Implementing the Sidewalk Blocks Program which assists property owners in replacing the historic purple glass tiles by providing labor and covering half of the material cost
  • Promoting local events through the Downtown Banner Program
  • Commissioning mural work by local artists such as the 13th Street Alley Mural by artist Andee Sterling
  • Securing grants for façade and historic preservation work on downtown buildings
  • Holiday events such as the downtown lighting, Shop Plaid, Winter Window Display Contest and Santa at the Liberty
  • Downtown Halloween Witches and Trick-or-Treating
  • Jane Barnes Revue
  • AstoriUs Day
  • Coast Guard Welcome Kits
  • Pacific Northwest Brew Cup
  • Annual Ball at the Liberty Theater