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Dr. Harvey Award

Posted on May 22nd, by raskin in Astoria, Blog. Comments Off on Dr. Harvey Award

The City of Astoria has it own historic preservation awards, the Dr. Edward Harvey Historic Preservation Award,  named after Dr. Harvey, who was instrumental in creating the historic preservation movement in Astoria.  The award is presented each year to recognize property owners who have completed exterior restoration or beautification of a building which exemplifies the historical attributes of the building or the architectural heritage of Astoria.  Of the three projects awarded this year, I was the architect for two of them.   The Columbia River Maritime Museum won the institutional category for the renovation of the Astoria Train Depot, and Bob and Nancy Ross won the multi-family category for the renovation of the Finn Housa property.

It has been one of the pleasures of doing historic preservation work in Astoria that I have been able to work on a number of projects … Read More »


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.



Old is New

Posted on November 11th, by raskin in Blog. Comments Off on Old is New

The Cool Hunter website has some beautiful photos of modern additions and insertions of new buildings and elements into old historic buildings.  In all of them, the new is juxtaposed to the old rather than trying to restore the building to an original state, or reuse a traditional or classical architectural vocabulary.  This approach is actually supported in the Secretary of Interior standards, where new additions are suppose to be “of the their time” and not give an appearance that they were original when they are not.

This is the approach I took with adding the entry canopies to the Depot project in Astoria.  Taking a cue from the recent addition of the Columbia River Maritime Museums, I used the curved roof form, wood roof structure, and galvanized metal posts to create the entries.   This approach … Read More »






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