Historic Preservation Project by Project

Here at Versatile we provide historically accurate custom wood sash, cabinetry, doors and millwork. The historic restoration techniques we use were originated by 18th and 19th century craftsmen. We are proud to have worked on hundreds of historic preservation projects all over the West. We have been able to contribute directly to the rescue and rehabilitation of at least one Endangered Place a year for the last 5 years. See also Historic Preservation is More Than Restoration for more details.


Historical Preservation Projects - Back of Sovereign Hotel with Mural and OHS Plaza
Sovereign Hotel Restoration

The Sovereign Hotel

Maximum accuracy was key for the Historical Preservation Project to restore the Sovereign Hotel. We looked to our state-of-the-art CNC machine to produce the radiused pieces needed.

The geometric precision on some of the slender pieces was so accurate and consistent, we have since adapted our production to incorporate this strategy.

This is a perfect example of how Versatile strives to bring new technologies together with traditional building methods to create the best products possible.

Washington High School

Washington High School Historic Preservation Project
Washington High School Historic Preservation Project

The Washington High School was built in 1906. The original building was destroyed by a fire in October of 1922. The replacement building was constructed at the same site of reinforced concrete with a brick surface. The school later closed due to declining enrollments.

After sitting vacant for decades, the building was purchased to convert into retail and office space.

Versatile’s role was to construct double-hung sash windows that are aesthetically identical to the originals. The windows also needed to be operated with the historical and reliable system of weights and pulleys. Since the windows were primarily to be installed on the south side of the building also needed to be more energy-efficient.

The Portland Public School system put in replacement aluminum windows 40 years ago. With the replacement, the original pulleys and latches were lost. Luckily, Versatile was successful in finding accurate reproduction pieces that fit with the sashes we created.


Timberline Lodge Historical Preservation Project

Timberline Lodge ADA Compliant Historical Preservation Project
Timberline Lodge ADA Compliant Historical Preservation Project

Built in the late 1930s, Timberline Lodge is a National Historic Landmark and one of the crowning achievements of the Works Progress Administration. Versatile has worked with the proprietors of the lodge for over a decade. Our goal for this historic preservation project was to provide historically accurate reproduction windows, doors and millwork. All had to respectfully match the style and construction techniques of the original WPA architecture.  These doors are built to withstand the weather extremes of Mt. Hood.

Timberline Lodge needed a code compliant ADA accessible entry that would meet historic review requirements. It had to match the materials and architectural style of the rest of the property. We designed a large Cascadian arch fitted door out of laminated Douglas fir. This door reproduced the thickness of the original old-growth fir. It also increased durability and prevented warping under the harsh weather conditions. ADA compliant electro-mechanical components were integrated into the historic design.

Heceta Head Lighthouse

Historic Preservation Project - Heceta Head Lighthouse Oregon
Heceta Head Lighthouse Oregon

The Oregonian describes the Heceta Head Lighthouse as “the brightest light on the Oregon Coast.” Built in 1894, the lighthouse shines its beam 21 miles into the Pacific Ocean.

Versatile restored and matched the original wood exterior and interior doors, millwork, cabinetry and flooring. We retained as much of the original wood as possible.


The Barnes Mansion

Historic Preservation of the Barnes Mansion
Historic Doors The Barnes Mansion

The Barnes Mansion is a national monument. Extensive decorative millwork now makes the kitchen as beautiful as the rest of the home.

In this historic preservation project all upper cabinets and buffet cabinets were restored. The decorative tile was then salvaged and reinstalled into the backsplash.

Farmhouse Cabinets

Historic Wood Cabinets Preservation Project
Historic Wood Cabinets in Lake Oswego, Oregon

This historic Lake Oswego home features a Dutch door, classic oak refrigerator, simple lines with traditional white painted cabinetry and a farmhouse table. Versatile provided all the elements to preserve the historic style. They additionally created a door leading to the underground wine cellar through the farmhouse floor (see the subtle lines below the TV).

Historic Wood Cabinets Illustration
Historic Wood Cabinets Illustration

Historic Preservation Project  Posts

To read more about Versatile’s historic preservation projects, take a look at these articles from our blog: