Restoring Sovereign

Venerable was involved in the renovation of the Sovereign Building in Portland.

Restoring Sovereign. Diggable Monkey has produced an amazing 20-minute video chronicling the Sovereign renovation project.  Venerable’s Jessica Engeman provided historic consulting and project management services on this two-year effort.  Venerable is also the property manager for this mixed-use building which is 75% residential and 25% commercial.

Venerable buys Der Rheinlander German Restaurant site

Venerable Properties has purchased the location of Der Rheinlander restaurant at 5035 NE Sandy Building. The 53-year-old restaurant will close in December and construction will begin in the spring. Sera Architects is designing a new building that will house the Portland Clinic as an anchor tenant. There will also be 8,000 square feet of new […]

UO moving historic preservation masters program to Portland

photo of art demuro in front of the white stag block in portland oregon

The Daily Journal of Commerce reporter, Beverly Corbell, recently wrote the following article on the move of the UO’s historic preservation program to Portland thanks to the $2.5 million endowment from the late Art DeMuro. The University of Oregon School of Architecture is moving its master’s program in historic preservation from Eugene to Portland. The […]

Univ of Oregon buys White Stag Block

For Craig Kelly, president of Venerable Group Inc., selling the historic, three-building White Stag property to the University of Oregon Foundation for $42.6 million is bittersweet. For starters, the $37 million renovation of the property marked the last major project that Kelly completed with Art DeMuro, the founder of Venerable and a close friend of […]

Wash High named Development of Year

The Portland Business Journal  announced Washington High School was selected the Development of the Year at the recent Commercial Association of Brokers, “A Night of Excellence in Commercial Real Estate” held at the Portland Art Museum.   Click here for the announcement with photos.  

Preserving more than just history

The Portland Business Journal named Venerable Properties one of their 2014 Innovation in Sustainability Award in the Green Building Category. The following is the article by Jon Bell, staff writer, that accompanied the announcement: For Craig Kelly, president of Venerable Properties, green building often has very little to do with building at all. “I see […]

‘Moving full tilt’ to upgrade auditorium

First-class performance space being created during $18M redevelopment of Washington High School. The Daily Journal of Commerce reporter, Jeff McDonald, recently wrote the following article on the Washington High School’s upgrade of the auditorium: In February, Venerable Group President Craig Kelly had doubts about how Washington High School’s 500-seat auditorium could become a concert venue […]

Washington High Redevelopment Excites Neighborhood

The Oregonian recently published this story on the Washington High School redevelopment: For about 15 years Susan Lindsay has worried the old Washington High School building would burn down. The shuttered structure, built in 1924, hasn’t been used as a school since 1981. The co-chair of the Buckman Community Association has worked with the city […]