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Barbey Maritime Center

Barbey Maritime Center Windows

Posted on June 14th, by raskin in Astoria, Blog. Comments Off on Barbey Maritime Center Windows

MCM, along with Bergerson Windows, were responsible for the restoration of the Astoria Train Depot windows and doors (along with a little help from the Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation Program).  MCM does a good job of documenting and then publishing the before and after conditions.  Check out their efforts on the Barbey Maritime Center.  The general contractor for the project was Bremik Construction.

Classes at Barbey Maritime Center

Posted on March 11th, by raskin in Blog. Comments Off on Classes at Barbey Maritime Center





The classes will begain at the Barbey Maritime Center this may.  They include boat building, knots, and native american carving.  They are weekend classes so if you live outside of Astoria, make a nice weekend of it.   You can actually do it by staying or eating at other historic renovation projects that I have worked on over the years, including the Hotel Elliott, the Commodore Hotel, Fulio’s Restaurant, Fort George Brewery, and the Schooner (now called T Paul’s Supper Club).


Barbey Maritime Center

Posted on February 13th, by raskin in Historic Preservation. Comments Off on Barbey Maritime Center

The Astoria Train Depot has finished its journey from being a decommissioned train depot to the Barbey Maritime Center for the Columbia River Maritime Museum.  The dedication took place on Jan. 25th, where public officials, the Barbey family, the CRMM Board, and the public were able to see the finished building.

The waiting rooms have been restored to their original splendor and the light pours in through the large curved windows.  The Women’s Waiting Room is being used for meeting and conferences.  The Men’s Waiting Room has become an exhibit/work space for traditional boat building crafts.  The first such exhibit to arrive was the copper nail machine and the Museum has become the sole source of these nails worldwide.  The Waiting Rooms are a tad smaller on the inside, since the exterior walls were furred out to allow the installation of steel frames and insulation.  … Read More »

Barbey Maritime Center Dedication

Posted on January 24th, by raskin in Blog, Historic Preservation. Comments Off on Barbey Maritime Center Dedication

The Columbia River Maritime Museum will be dedicating the opening of the Barbey Maritime Center from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, tomorrow, January 25th.  Come and take a look at how the old Astoria Train Depot was restored.

The Oregonian has a nice article and photos about the project.  It was a pleasure working with the Museum, who were committed to do right by the building.  Bremik Construction did an excellent job on the construction side of things.  A building that was held dear by the community and thought of sadly for many years as it sat unused has now been given new life.  Enjoy.

Depot update 12/3

Posted on December 3rd, by raskin in Blog. Comments Off on Depot update 12/3

The final stages of the work is progressing.  The exterior lighting have been installed.  The interior lighting is being finished up.  The interior trim work is proceeding.  The painting is being finished up.  The windows and doors are almost complete.  The brick work will be laid in the breezeway.  The HVAC system will be turned on.  The entry canopies await the metal roofing.  The wood floors in the East Building have been refinished.  The concrete floors in the West Building will get a stain and be sealed.

It is wonderful seeing the building coming together.

Depot Update 11/14

Posted on November 15th, by raskin in Blog. Comments Off on Depot Update 11/14


The entry canopy structures are completed.  The metal roofing and the gutter between the roof and the building are the next steps.  On the west side, the building sign is installed. The building is named  the Barbey Maritime Center following a generous donation to the Museum by the Barbey family that have a strong history both with maritime activities on Columbia as well as Astoria.

The interior trim is being installed and painted.  The building has plenty of natural light streaming into the spaces.  So much so, that I finally have to backtrack a bit on the comments I have made in the past about the original design.  I had questioned why the architect had done a building with a flat roof and no overhangs.  While I still question the lack of protection at the doors, I realize now that the intent … Read More »

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