DeMuro Awards

DeMuro Award for Excellence in: Preservation, Reuse, and Community Revitalization

The DeMuro Award honors extraordinary historic rehabilitation projects and compatible infill development across Oregon – residential and commercial, urban and rural, private and public. The award is named in honor of Art DeMuro whose redevelopment of historic properties such as the White Stag Block set the standard for quality, creativity, persistence, and business acumen.

The DeMuro Award is the only state-wide award in Oregon recognizing the creativity, persistence, and craftsmanship required by outstanding restoration projects. We announce our annual award winners at the Restoration Celebration, our most important fundraising event of the year.

Recipients of the 2016 DeMuro Award for projects exemplifying excellence in preservation, adaptive reuse, and community revitalization are:

THE EGYPTIAN THEATER, Coos Bay – In 2011, it was placed on our list of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places. Built in 1925, its said to be 1 of only 4 Egyptian Revival-themed theaters left in the country. Consultation and a seed grant from Restore Oregon pointed stakeholders towards resources and and a 3-phased campaign that addressed the structural issues, added ADA bathrooms, restored the façade and recreated a historic marque. [Egyptian Theater Preservation Association, developer; Kramer & Co., consultant; DLR Construction; KPFF, engineer, Duarte Design & Alpha Sign, marquee]

FRANCIS COURT, Dayton – The Francis Court is the first entirely new building to be constructed in downtown Dayton in five decades, sparking great community interest. Perhaps its greatest compliment came from owner of the historic house next door who declared it “a wonderful addition to the neighborhood”. The Francis Court added density and vitality, and demonstrates the viability today of the mixed-use model that once defined small town main streets. [Twin Towers, LLC, developer; Paul M. Falsetto, Architect; Fackler Construction]

INDUSTRIAL HOME, Portland – The Industrial Home project is an adaptive-reuse of a former Salvation Army building into mixed-use retail and office space within the Grand Avenue Historic District. A complicated seismic upgrade tied together disparate structural deficiencies with minimal visual impact, new systems and access was added and character-defining windows that had been blocked in were restored; and display windows recreated. This returned the building to its retail roots, and reconnected it to the street and the Central Eastside neighborhood.  [Levan Boise Real Estate Holdings, LLC, owners; First Western Development, developer; FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc.,  Architects; R&H Construction, contractor; KPFF, engineers; Versatile Wood Products, windows]

THE MASONIC LODGE, Burns – Jennifer and Forrest Keady laid it all on the line when they moved back to Burns, bought the building, and decided to rehab it to put Jennifer’s optometry business on the first floor, and the family’s residence upstairs. The demolition team consisted of Mom, Dad, and the three kids – who all discovered that buildings tell stories when layers of changes are stripped away. Forrest – who had no formal training in design or preservation – designed the interior spaces using an I-pad app and lots and lots of salvaged materials, including wood from the bowling alley lanes, and lockers from the old police station. [Jennifer & Forrest Keady, owners/developer; “Diamonds in the Rough” Grant: State Historic Preservation Office]

STRAND AGRICULTURAL HALL, Corvallis – For one hundred years Strand Ag Hall has served OSU. But after decades of poorly conceived modifications, the building had become unwelcoming, dark, and outdated, with little appeal and a total lack of social spaces for students, faculty, and staff. Today the building has been transformed into a 21st Century learning and socially interactive environment, while also retaining its original character and integrity. [Oregon State University, owner; Hennebery Eddy Architects; Hoffman Construction Company (CM/GC), contractor; Interface Engineering, mechanical engineer; KPFF Consulting, structural engineers; Walker Macy, architect ]

PINE STREET MARKET, Portland – Built in 1886, The United Carriage and Baggage Transfer Company Building was a livery and horse-drawn carriage storage facility with 100 horse stalls on the second floor, and four water storage tanks on the roof which provided water to wash the stalls. Today it is one of the hottest dining destinations in town with lines out the door. The buildings’ top two floors are now ‘class A’ office space and fully leased.  [Northwest Sustainable Properties; Alta Wallowa; Interurban Development, owners/developers;Siteworks Design-Build, Design/Construction; Versatile Wood Products, window replication and restoration; American Heating & Capital Electric, systems]

PIONEER MOTHERS MEMORIAL CABIN, Portland – Three years ago the cabin – which was built to honor female pioneers and house artifacts from the Oregon Trail – was about to topple into the Willamette River and was listed as one of Oregon’s Most Endangered Places. The D-A-R, who owned the cabin, rallied together, leveraged their “most endangered” status to mount an aggressive capital campaign, and engaged Arciform to painstakingly de-construct and re-construct the cabin at a new, safer location at Champoeg State Park. [Oregon State Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, owners; Arciform LLC, design & contractor]

BRONAUGH APARTMENTS, Portland – The Bronough is one of the first apartment buildings constructed in Portland. Listed in the National Register, its interior underwent an unfortunate gutting in 1982. In 2013, REACH, a non-profit developer of affordable housing, acquired the building and began a major rehabilitation, including a full envelope rehab, renovation of the apartments and common areas, and improved ADA compliance for its senior and disabled residents. [REACH Community Development, owner/developer; Carleton Hart Architecture, architect; Walsh Constructuion Co., general contractor; Housing Development Center, construction manager]

THE CLOTHES TREE, Corvallis – The transformation of this building was a real family affair. When the Nystroms purchased the Clothes Tree it had been severely remuddled over the years. Knowing that it was an eyesore which did not reflect the quality of their business, the family launched an ambitious renovation to return the building’s defining architectural features, including a seven-foot tall clock. [Amy & Todd Nystrom, owners/developers; Nicole Nystrom, business owner; Broadleaf Architecture, architect; Bob Grant Constructuion, contractor]

THE SOCIETY HOTEL, Portland –  Located at the junction of Portland’s Old Town National Landmark District and its New Chinatown/Japantown District, the Society Hotel started life as the Mariner’s Home, a boarding house for sailors passing through Portland.  The restoration retained almost all its historic material – from windows to wainscoting. What was not retained in its original use was repurposed as tables and décor.  Thanks to the rebirth of the Society Hotel, Old Town has 21 new full time jobs and many more visitors shopping and dining there. The investment and example set here has helped stimulate four nearby developments.  [Groundswell Development, owner/developer; Integrate Architecture, architect; Building Blocks LLC, contractor; Imagine Energy, solar/HVAC systems]

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