Washington High School opened in 1906, originally under the name of East Side High School, at SE 14th & Stark. In 1909 it was renamed as Washington High School.
The original building was destroyed by a fire in October of 1922. The replacement building was designed by Houghtaling & Dougan, and constructed on the same site. It was constructed of reinforced concrete with a brick surface.
Due to declining enrollment, the school closed in May of 1981.
After sitting vacant for decades, the building was purchased by Venerable Properties and is currently being converted to retail and office space. Art DeMuro, founder of Venerable Properties, was instrumental in the sale of the school. Art’s involvement in Portland’s historical redevelopment played a large role in deciding to keep the history alive in the Washington High School building.
What was the goal?
To construct double-hung sash windows that are aesthetically identical to the originals and operate with the historical and reliable system of weights and pulleys. The windows also needed to be more energy-efficient.
The windows are being primarily installed on the south side of the building.
What challenges did you face?
When the Portland Public School system put in replacement aluminum windows 40 years ago, the original pulleys and latches were lost. Luckily, we were successful in finding accurate reproduction pieces that fit with the sashes we created.
Since double pane, insulated glass is heavier than the original single pane, we had to find a solution to create a perfectly balanced window.
What was the Uniquely Versatile solution?
As the original window frames remain intact and the weights were preserved inside the walls, our new sashes are being installed into the original frames and reconnected to those original weights.
To balance the windows we have taken the weights from the top sash, which are now fixed in place, and added them to the weight for the bottom sash.
Once the frames and sashes are fully weather-stripped, these windows will have the same energy-efficiency as brand-new, manufactured windows.
We are excited to see the finished project…stay tuned!