After careful thought, the brain trust at Building on History is ending 2021 by announcing three Preservation Awards recognizing excellent work in the categories of private enterprise, public service and residential rehabilitation.
The purpose of the awards to honor good work of the people involved, and to celebrate the architectural and social advantages that preservation brings to our city. Idealists among us also might hope that the recognition will inspire others faced with destroying a vintage building to consider finding new life for it, instead.
This project in the Sullivan’s Gulch neighborhood transformed a historic vacant church into a vibrant brewpub offering a creative food menu and a big variety of beers, many brewed on-site. This outstanding effort checked several boxes showing why preservation is important:
--It saved a neighborhood landmark from demolition;
--It found a creative alternative use to provide new life for the building;
--It exemplified excellent work in faithfully restoring the façade, replacing the roof and creating an interesting interior while saving many of the interior design elements;
It took amazing dedication and a substantial investment to pull off this daring enterprise in the midst of a pandemic that still shows no indication of a permanent end.
Central City Concern, a non-profit that provides housing and access to medical and other services to low-income tenants, housing, completed renovation of the six-story Henry Building, adding 20 more housing units – to 173 – and upgrading mechanical systems, respecting historic elements and adding pleasant communal space for tenants.
The Henry Building literally will be a bright spot in Portland's downtown for many years to come.
This two-story Irvington home was the proverbial “fixer upper” when John McCulloch, one of Portland’s leading residential restoration experts, acquired it. The upstairs had never been finished and many original elements of the main floor had been removed.
McCulloch used his expert eye for historical interior details to replace some that had been moved and to recreate others. He revamped the second floor so that it could be used as a separate residence and filled it with innovative cupboards and closets. He refashioned the yard to include an outdoor video screen and sunken fire pit.
The rolled eaves are a nod to thatched roofs on the original English cottages. McCulloch went to far as to consider applying a thatched roof, but backed off considering the hassles of importing thatch from England and squabbling with Portland building inspectors. Instead, he used cedar shingles; the curved ones were soaked in water and hand-formed. Overall, the house gleams inside and out like never before.
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