We were honored to have the opportunity to join the architecture and restoration community in celebrating Oregon’s achievements in restoration at Restore Oregon’s Restoration Celebration in November. We were also very excited to watch as several of our clients were honored with DeMuro Awards this year!
The Restoration Celebration serves a dual purpose: it is the event that both announces the year’s Endangered Places list and celebrates the winners of the DeMuro Award. The Endangered Places List shines a light on properties of historic significance in Oregon that are in danger of collapse or destruction. Nomination to the list provides a property with resources and grant opportunities to help stabilize and restore the property.
The DeMuro Awards, named for legendary Portland preservationist and developer Art DeMuro, is a competitive award honoring the architecture and construction teams who tackle projects of significance in rehabilitating Oregon’s historic structures.
We were delighted to celebrate our dear friend and colleague Paul Falsetto, who received a DeMuro Award for his rehabilitation of the Dayton Blockhouse Cafe. Paul worked with our custom cabinetry team to develop a walnut back bar for that project along with a bar and table tops made out of reclaimed fir from the building’s floor joists.
We were also thrilled to celebrate the honoring of Venerable Properties for their Washington High School rehabilitation project.
That project featured new sash built by Versatile that exactly replicated the building’s original double hung windows which had been lost when an ill-guided renovation replaced them all with aluminum.
Our owner, Richard De Wolf, who is a member of the Restore Oregon board of directors, and Alex Mackenzie, our chief sales person and expert resource for our clients, enjoyed the opportunity to connect with clients and colleagues who are helping move this important work forward in Oregon.
Richard had the opportunity to give a brief speech at the event, highlighting our own efforts to save some of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places.
We have been able to directly contribute to the rescue and rehabilitation of at least one Endangered Place a year for the last 5 years, ranging from the Pioneer Mother’s Cabin (above), which was on the verge of falling into the Willamette, to the First Congregational Church in downtown Portland, whose historic bell tower tracery was beginning to crumble.
It was a beautiful event and we look forward to seeing which Endangered Place we can help knock of the list next year!
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