Superior Restorations and Outstanding Leadership in Historic Preservation

Congratulations to the Award-Winning Projects and the People Who Made it Possible


Honoring communities, organizations, and individuals around the state who preserve and restore historic places.


Existing homes and buildings are among Oregon’s greatest renewable resources. As such, their restoration and reuse should be promoted as an effective strategy for meeting carbon reduction goals statewide.


Uplifting communities with reimagined, rescued, and revived meaningful places.


People saving remarkable historic places snatched from the wrecking ball or rescued from decades of neglect.

Celebrating Oregon’s Built Environment and Diverse History

The 2021 DeMuro Award Winners

Restore Oregon has selected eleven historic projects across Oregon to receive DeMuro Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation, the state’s highest honor for the preservation, reuse, and revitalization of architectural and cultural sites.

Since 1988, the Rose Apartments has offered safe, affordable housing and access to resident services in the form of  single-room occupancy (SRO) permanent housing for women impacted by homelessness or other trauma. offered residents safe, affordable housing and access to resident services since 1988.

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Renovation of Portland’s 112 year-old Henry Building on behalf of the nonprofit Central City Concern presented a variety of challenges. The project team was tasked with providing a cost-effective seismic design solution...

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Lovingly named after one of Portland’s first female developers (Mary Noble), with hopes of inspiring further reinvestment and preservation in the Foster-Powell neighborhood, the For Mrs. Noble building has been given a new lease on life after over 90 years of neglect.

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Situated in the heart of Columbia City, overlooking the Columbia River, is the Caples House Museum. This two-story Classical Revival house, once home to community physician Dr. Caples, has been in the care of the Oregon State Society Daughters of the American Revolution since the late 1950s.

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Over the course of 109 years, the original sanctuary of The Madeleine’s Old Church had fallen into disrepair. Reviving it as a sacred space for prayer, learning, and community events came with the challenge of bringing this early 20th century building up to code while also preserving and restoring its historic character.

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This adaptive reuse project took a disjointed warehouse building and morphed the structure into a unified and creative office space. Launched in 1923, Premier Gear created machine parts including gears that raise various bridges over the Willamette River.

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Constructed in 1962 as the Postal Employees Credit Union, this International Style building housed the Credit Union for over 30 years before becoming a juvenile corrections facility. Sold to Living Room Realty in 2018, the new owners envisioned restoring the building back to its former 1960s design.

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Operating continuously for 110  years as an auto dealership and repair shop, the Jim Fisher Volvo building stands as the last remnant of “auto row” on West Burnside in Portland. A 1952 remodel truly makes this building stand out.

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This project in the heart of Salem’s historic downtown boasts a lengthy history as a food establishment. Hosting a myriad of eateries since 1907, the Grey-Belle building was recently renovated after sitting vacant since 2015.

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Tucked away on the central Oregon Coast, overlooking the ocean, lies a cluster of seven treehouse-like wood-framed cabins, one of which is Pole House 5. This ambitious renovation project preserved this unique home after decades of water intrusion and natural degradation.

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Built in 1916 as Carlton’s first auto repair garage, this building has housed various businesses in downtown Carlton, including a logging company, a glove company, and a winery production facility. Now revamped as office space...

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