Venerable and Portland Public Schools will negotiate acquisition agreements to revamp Washington High School into a multi-use site that includes housing. School officials agreed to approve any development plan before moving ahead with a sale of the site, at Southeast 12th Avenue and Stark Street. Venerable won the right to negotiate with the district because its plan met fiscal requirements and expectations of the abandoned school’s neighbors. Formal negotiations are set to begin in early March.
For more on Fire Station No. 7, please read the post at Portland Architecture by Brian Libby.
Art DeMuro, of Venerable Properties, remembers hitting the point of no return in the redevelopment of the White Stag Block in Portland. He realized that he and the project were linked, for better or worse, until the end. Now, he’s chasing redevelopment of Washington High School and DeMuro won’t walk away. The desire to see the building brought back into the community is too strong.
Cathy Galbraith, executive director of Bosco-Milligan Foundation, is passionate about historic preservation. That’s why this year the University of Oregon and Venerable Group awarded the 2nd annual McMath Award for historic preservation to Galbraith. The award honors the late Portland preservationist George McMath.
As the “last and best” design by Lee Gray Holden, Fire Station No. 7 is said to have been the pride of his career.
Historic preservationist and developer, Art DeMuro, has stepped forward with an interest in purchasing Washington High School and redeveloping the building as a community center with market-rate housing. But it is too soon n the planning stage of the historic renovation project to call him its developer.
Friends of Ladd Carriage House posted this 8-minute video on YouTube in October, 2008 as the historic structure makes it way down Columbia.
See the time lapse video of the move in July 2007 posted on YouTube by the Oregonian.
This video was originally posted on the Oregonian’s website on April 23, 2009.
It takes a lot of vision to see the potential in a space like this, but it has all the makings of a stunning adaptive reuse.