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Preservation in Action: Diamonds in the Rough Update

May 22, 2012

By Kuri Gill

Feeling a bit blue from the return of the rain? Here is a bit of sunshine to brighten your day. The beginning of Preservation Month brought out some lovely days to kick off preservation projects funded by the Diamonds in the Rough Preserving Oregon Grant. The grant’s purpose was to reveal long-covered historic facades or features and repair them. One project is well underway and another has been completed.

Uncovered transom windows in the Links Outdoor’s building.

The in-progress project is taking place in Astoria. The property owners of Link’s Outdoor are working with students and professors from the Clatsop Community College Preservation program to peel away the layers of a commercial building. Since the building is on a corner, the work will impact two streets in the historic district. This project is an excellent community effort that will improve a historic building and provide training.

Workers uncovered an original relief on the Links Outdoor’s building.

Ten students demolished a portion of Links Outdoor’s non-historic facade. They whacked, cut and pried their way through three layers of remodeling before reaching the original transom windows. First, there was vertical wood. Next, there was thick, pink aggregate spread over nasty chicken wire, plywood and studs. Lastly, there was a layer of masonite. A wonderful surprise was revealed in the process (hint: see the photo).

The owners of the Rossi Building in Beaverton wrapped up a small project this month. The first component was to repair the very significant cornice. The second was to expose the transom windows in two of the storefronts. While more work remains, these steps greatly improved and preserved the historic character of a large and important building in Beaverton.

The Rossi Building before work began…

…and with transom windows revealed!

Are there other great projects around the state that you’ve seen recently? Thanks to all who are doing heritage preservation work!

Kuri Gill is the Grants and Outreach Coordinator with Oregon Heritage.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sumpter Chatter permalink
    May 24, 2012 10:57 am

    We would like to tell everyone about the work we’ve been doing on the Sumpter Municipal Museum in Sumpter, Oregon. We started restoring this historic building, which survived the fire of 1917, back in 2000 and we are still working it….. To learn more, please visit our website: or visit us on

    • May 24, 2012 1:00 pm

      Thanks for sharing Sumpter Chatter. I was out at Sumpter last summer and really enjoyed visiting with a few folks in town. Keep up the good work!


      • Sumpter Chatter permalink
        May 27, 2012 11:22 am

        thanks Cara! next time your in town, we would like to invite you to stop by the museum for a visit!

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