Historic Doors

Historic Doors Heceta Head Lighthouse
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Built in 1894, the Heceta Head light shines a beam 21 miles into the Pacific. This makes it the strongest light on the Oregon Coast. The lighthouse is constructed of Clackamas River stones and Douglas fir doors, windows and flooring. The lighthouse withstands extreme winds, rain and salt spray.

Versatile’s component of the restoration project was focused on the “work house.” An attached structure that housed generators and repair equipment for the light. After 119 years of service the Heceta Head lighthouse had developed several leaks throughout it’s masonry structure. We restored and matched the original wood exterior and interior doors, millwork, cabinetry and flooring while retaining as much of the original wood as possible.

Not a single surface was plumb, square or level on any axis. Door frames had to fit extremely close tolerances against the original masonry opening. Extreme wind and weather conditions (including snow!) caused tarps and other temporary weather-proofing measures to blow away. This required constant management. A complex design for the exterior door specified a herringbone pattern on the interior and a four paneled exterior. This single door required over 187 wood pieces to construct!

Collaborators: Susan L. Licht :: Historic Preservation Architect for the Oregon Parks Department

Pioneer Waterproofing :: Arciform

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The White Stag building comprises three historic buildings; the Bickel (1883), the Skidmore (1889) and the White Stag (1907). Rich in history and legend, the LEED Gold renovation saved these Old Town Portland architectural icons. They did this by combining them into one urban education and office center. The open-structure design honors the original building elements and highlights the sustainable craftsmanship of Bremik Construction and its subcontractors.

Versatile restored over 200 windows. Including insulated glass sash, duplication of a few complete windows and restoration of doors over 100 years old. Detailed timelines, specification worksheets and close collaboration as a local supplier, kept this large volume project on time and on track.

Collaborators: Bremik Construction :: Fletcher Farr Ayotte
Venerable Properties

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Built in the late 1930s, Timberline Lodge is a National Historic Landmark and one of the crowning achievements of the Works Progress Administration. Versatile has worked with the proprietors of the lodge for over a decade to provide historically accurate reproduction windows, doors and millwork that respectfully match the style and construction techniques of the original WPA architecture and are built to withstand the weather extremes of Mt. Hood.

Timberline Lodge needed a code compliant ADA accessible entry that would meet historic review requirements and match the materials and architectural style of the rest of the property. We designed a large Cascadian arch fitted door out of laminated Douglas fir which reproduced the thickness of the original old-growth fir while increasing durability and preventing warping under the harsh weather conditions. ADA compliant electro-mechanical components were integrated into the historic design.

Collaborators: Crow/Clay & Associates Architects :: Jerry Gomes