Have you ever wanted to experience preservation firsthand? Look no further! The University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program will be hosting the 2015 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School in the Portland area later this summer. The two sites attendees will be working on are the Pioneer-era A.J. Masters House in Hillsboro and a log home at Tryon Creek State Park in Southwest Portland. The field school curriculum is designed to attract participants from all walks of life, ranging from those with no experience in preservation to practicing cultural resource professionals, graduate students to lifelong learners. Regardless of your background, those with a love for heritage and a desire to learn will thrive at this year’s field school.
Attendees will be able to work on the exterior and interior of the Andrew Jackson Masters House. Built in 1853 using box construction, the house’s planks, beams, and cross ties were milled from cedar logs. Preservation work on the house will include back porch stabilization, rebuilding of the cornice, restoration of the original kitchen chimney, and many other preservation projects.
The log home was constructed by John Arnold sometime between 1907 and 1917. The building has the scale, roofline, and architectural details of a Craftsman bungalow, but with the distinctive round logs of the Rustic Style. A few of the preservation projects planned for the log home include repair of rotted porch floors and stairs, window restoration and repair, and writing a Master Plan for the site.
The 2015 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School will take place in three one-week sessions:
- Session 1: August 23 – 28, 2015
- Session 2: August 30 – September 4, 2015
- Session 3: September 6 – 11, 2015
Although registration is open to all, Field School participants can earn two (2) graduate or undergraduate level credits from the University of Oregon for each repeatable one-week session, grading with a pass/no pass basis. For more information about this opportunity and more details about the projects, click visit the Field School website. Applications are available online.