With the gift giving season over it is nice to take a look back on some of the gifts Oregon Heritage has given in the past year. Though, the gifts we give take a little more work than unwrapping. In fact, the Preserve Oregon Grant for work on Alderbrook Station netshed did the opposite. It allowed the owners to close the envelope of their historic building, protecting it for future generations of Oregonians to enjoy. Read this message from the owners of the site:
We have owned Alderbrook Station, the last intact netshed on the lower Columbia River, for over 10 years. The roof had always leaked and was getting worse to the point of emergency, but the task to replace it was daunting. Finding the Preserving Oregon Grant gave us both the financial assistance and support of confidence that we needed to tackle this important project and continue to save the building. We had to be very smart about how to use the money so that any modifications gave us the most long term weather protection with the least physical change to the appearance and character of the original building. In addition to repairing leaky portions of the upper torchdown roof, we replaced about 2,700 SF of corrugated roofing with a material that was like-for-like. We opted to add a plywood substrate as another water barrier and further strengthen the building structurally against the strong winds it must endure. Finding a compatible fiberglass skylight panel infill was challenging, but we managed to install 4 new skylights in a better configuration than what was existing. Consequentially, the natural daylight inside the Netshed is a vast improvement and has made working in it much more enjoyable. It has been a year now since we did this project, and the roof replacement and repair has held up very nicely. The inside of the Netshed is dry and the interior wood material/structure is protected from rot for many years to come. Maintaining these old buildings is an arduous and never-ending job, not to mention very expensive. The Preserving Oregon Grant is a very important resource to us as other financial models do not apply in up-keeping a building that is not a commercial enterprise. Without this Grant, this project would not have been possible for us. Thank you!
The next round of Preserving Oregon Grants is opening in January. Find out more about the grant at: http://www.oregon.gov/oprd/HCD/FINASST/pages/grants.aspx#Preserving_Oregon