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 2022 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.

Built in 1928 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall serves as one of Portland’s iconic buildings for locals and tourists alike. Unfortunately, its iconic Portland sign and the marquees were in need of restoration, along with an interior rehabilitation that included modernizing the historic building with a sophisticated, digital sound system.

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Originally built in 1917 as one of the largest commercial buildings in Bend, the Spheir Building was viewed as “upscale and urban” at the time. Today it has been restored to its original beauty to house the Domaine Serene Wine Lounge Bend.

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Built in 1923 and listed as a contributing structure to Beaverton’s National Register Historic District, the Bank of Beaverton building sits in the heart of the city’s commercial district. Its reuse not only breathes new life into one of Beaverton’s historic sites, it celebrates an architectural gem and embodies a significant period in Beaverton’s development as a city.

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Originally built as a church in 1916, Mildred Hall was known as the Norwegian Danish Congregational Church. Preserving the historic elements, while modernizing the building in an appropriate and thoughtful manner, the owners vision and hard work made a significant impact to neighborhood preservation.

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Oregon Square Redevelopment took two buildings, located within the Central City Plan District and the Lloyd District, and made one cohesive super block development, known as Oregon Square. Built in the late 1940s as office space, the buildings sat vacant for over a decade as they required drastic renovations to be relevant in today’s office market.

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The five-story, 58,000-square foot mixed-use PAE Living Building is located in the Skidmore/Old Town National Historic Landmark District. It is the first developer-led and largest commercial urban Living Building in the world. A newly-constructed building contributing to the revitalization of this historic district, it pays homage to the story of Portland: aspirational, progressive, and yet deeply rooted in Pacific Northwest history.

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Built by pharmacist John Leach in 1922, the Phoenix Pharmacy sat boarded up and unmaintained for decades. As an iconic local landmark, the community watched and hoped for a solution that wasn't demolition. In 2018 the property was purchased with the single goal of rescuing the Phoenix Pharmacy building from demise, restoring its past prominence and updating it to current standards while keeping its historical integrity.

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Constructed in 1911 for Stephen Gardinier and his wife Madlin, the CD Putnam's Ready Wear Building in La Grande's Historic District provided a complement to the building next door, the Orpheum Theater. The C.D. Putnam's Ready Wear Building has been an integral part of downtown La Grande for many years.

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The historic First Universalist Church of Good Tiding’s building cornerstone was laid by U.S. President William Howard Taft on October 3, 1909. With a 100-year plus history, the structure has undergone various uses and transformations, but has remained a community center point and gathering space. The adaptive re-use and restoration preserved much of the church's original architecture, including the high-arching hammer trusses that reach 20 feet off the ground.

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Like many historic districts nationwide, the Aurora Colony Historic District struggles with the ramifications of demographic and economic changes while trying to preserve its history and sense of place.  The Annex at Aurora Mills demonstrates how compatible and sustainable infill development can actually enhance and preserve the integrity of a Historic District and spur investment.

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Gerlinger Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Women's Memorial Quadrangle building group on the University of Oregon campus. The building is significant to the UO campus because of its craftsmanship in the Georgian architectural style and its association with important university figures, Irene Gerlinger and Ellis Lawrence.

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Thank You to Our 2022 DeMuro Award Judges

Celebrate the DeMuro Awards at the Restoration Celebration

The Restoration Celebration 2022
When: November 4, 2022, 4 - 7pm

Restore Oregon will host the annual party and fundraiser at one of Art DeMuro's most-loved projects, the re-use of historic Washington High School. The celebration will kick off with a happy hour reception from 4 - 5:30pm, followed by the DeMuro Awards and Program at 5:30 pm. Tickets on sale now

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