2015 Restoration Celebration Honors Versatile

A restoration celebration honoring versatile client’s achievements. Everyone seated at Restoration Celebration

We were honored to have the opportunity to join the architecture and restoration community in celebrating Oregon’s achievements in restoration. This was held 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 spotlights 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 are named for legendary Portland preservationist and developer Art DeMuro. DeMuro is a competitive award honoring the architecture and construction teams who tackle significant projects in rehabilitating Oregon’s historic structures.

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Celebrating the awards and sharing our success

We were delighted to celebrate our dear friend and colleague Paul Falsetto. Paul 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

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We were also thrilled to celebrate the honoring of Venerable Properties for their Washington High School rehabilitation project.

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That project featured new sash built by Versatile that exactly replicated the building’s original double hung windows. They had been lost when an ill-guided renovation replaced them all with aluminum.

 

Richard and Alex Restoration Celebration

Our owner, Richard De Wolf, who is a member of the Restore Oregon board of directors. Alex Mackenzie, our chief sales person and expert resource for our clients. Enjoying the opportunity to connect with clients and colleagues who are helping move this important work forward in Oregon.

Richard Speaking at Restoration Celebration

Richard had the opportunity to give a brief speech at the event. He highlighted our own efforts to save some of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places.

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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. These range 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.

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It was a beautiful event. We look forward to seeing which Endangered Place we can help knock off the list next year!

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Oregon’s Most Endangered Places

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Versatile Wood Products is a proud sponsor of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon’s annual “Most Endangered Places” list. Yesterday’s announcement of the 2013 list includes some fascinating structures… from a blimp hanger in Tillamook Bay to a historic schoolhouse in Antelope Oregon to the iconic State Hospital.

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The list includes two projects we have already been working with: The Multnomah County Courthouse (which features doors by Versatile Wood Products) and the Pioneer Mother’s Cabin, part of the Robert Newell House and Museum in St. Paul, Oregon, which finds itself in danger of slipping into the Willamette River.

Peggy Moretti, of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, explains:

The list indicates which historic properties are “in imminent danger of being lost to hard times, development pressures, demolition, or neglect. Over the course of the next year we’ll bring together rehabilitation expertise, resources, and local leaders to revitalize these properties. We want to help them become viable, functioning contributors in their communities and pass them forward to future generations.”

You can check out a slide show of the complete list of Endangered Places here.

 

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