Oregon’s Most Endangered Places

Most Endangered Places

Versatile Wood Products is a proud sponsor of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon’s annual “Most Endangered Places” list. Yesterday’s announcement of the 2013 list includes some fascinating structures… from a blimp hanger in Tillamook Bay to a historic schoolhouse in Antelope Oregon to the iconic State Hospital.

Most Endangered Places

The list includes two projects we have already been working with. The Multnomah County Courthouse (which features doors by Versatile Wood Products) and the Pioneer Mother’s Cabin. The cabin is part of the Robert Newell House and Museum in St. Paul, Oregon. It finds itself in danger of slipping into the Willamette River.

Peggy Moretti, of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon, explains:

The list indicates which historic properties are “in imminent danger.”  The Danger of being lost to hard times, development pressures, demolition, or neglect. Over the course of the next year we’ll bring together rehabilitation expertise, resources, and local leaders to revitalize these properties. We want to help them become viable, functioning contributors in their communities and pass them forward to future generations.”

You can check out a slide show of the complete list of Endangered Places here.


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A Refreshed Welcome

Welcome to Versatile Wood Product’s new blog!

We thought we would begin with a recent project we worked on that helped a home owner create a more welcoming entry to their home.

Here’s what the entry looked like before we got there:

Vanzanten 2

A bit scuffed and unwelcoming, right?

And here’s how it all turned out:


The next project will be to paint the home’s exterior. The trim will get a fresh coat of paint as part of that project. The doors will keep a simple clear coat finish to highlight the natural warmth of the fir.

Its amazing what a simple project can do to make a home feel more like home, isn’t it?

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