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8 Portland projects win prestigious award for restoring, revitalizing historic sites

Nonprofit organization Restore Oregon chose each site to receive a 2023 DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

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The Hollywood Theatre’s lower facade and marquee in 1926.

Photo by Hollywood Theatre via Restore Oregon

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More than a dozen projects across Oregon have been selected by nonprofit Restore Oregon to receive a 2023 DeMuro Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation — the state’s highest honor for the preservation, reuse, and revitalization of architectural and cultural sites.

Here’s a look at four of the eight winning projects in Portland.

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The Pickle Factory started as a tire factory but spent most of its life as a foundry.

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The Pickle Factory

Cucumbers were never bathed in brine in this 1921 building; rather, the name stems from the foundry term “pickling,” referring to the process of removing surface impurities from cast parts. Restoration crews altered as little as possible to the building’s exterior — leaving exposed concrete and old cranes to lend a creative atmosphere to the space which now houses affordable offices and studios for makers.

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Hotel Grand Stark once housed the Hotel Gayosa, the Chamberlian Hotel, Shleifer Furniture, and other retail tenants.

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Hotel Grand Stark

Built in 1907 for a furniture company, the four-story brick building was a key hub for 20th-century commerce, housing retailers and hotels. Instead of demolishing the space and replacing it, work to remove graffiti, repair damages, and implement seismic upgrades have “reintegrated a historic resource into the fabric of the surrounding neighborhood.”

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As of 2022, Path Home had served 524 families, including 1,055 children.

Photo by Aaron Leitz

Path Home

This former Lents Evangelical United Brethren Church constructed in 1961 now serves unhoused families as the first and only shelter in Oregon featuring trauma-informed design and architecture. Recent work on the site’s Family Village Campus added new floor-to-ceiling windows, round paper lights, and low walls, with a focus on developing areas that foster safety and comfort.

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A before and after look of the Hollywood Theatre’s lower facade.

Photos by Paul Falsetto/NASHCO

Hollywood Theatre Lower Facade

One of Portland’s most iconic landmarks, this theater built in 1926 underwent work to return its original entry experience to its former glory. Experts stripped away changes made to the entrance in the 1960s, revealing original building elements that were repaired and incorporated into new artwork, detailed glass-fiber reinforced concrete castings, terrazzo flooring, and plasterwork.

DeMuro Award recipients will be honored at the Restoration Celebration on Friday, Sept. 22, at Castaway Portland. Tickets are available here.