Oregon Supreme Court Restoration Honored with a Restore Oregon DeMuro Award
Fortis' work to restore the Oregon Supreme Court has been honored with a 2017 DeMuro Award, as a project exemplifying excellence in preservation, adaptive reuse, and community revitalization.
In 2016 Fortis completed an extensive effort to refurbish, replace, repair and rehabilitate the historic exterior envelope of the Supreme Court. For this logistically complex project, a well-planned, multi-phase façade upgrade allowed the historic courthouse to remain occupied at all times. As the oldest standing state-owned office building in Oregon and, “… a perfect example of American Renaissance style architecture built at the turn of the 20th century,” Fortis worked with the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to maintain historic character.
Restore Oregon's DeMuro Award statement on the project:
Oregon Supreme Court Exterior Rehabilitation (1914), Salem – Adorned with classical details and clad in a distinctive cream-colored terra cotta, The Oregon Supreme Court is a three story Classical Revival building designed by William Knighton. It is the oldest government building on the Capitol mall, and the site of multiple landmark decisions that shaped the state. With the building now restored it can continue to stand as one of the most important buildings that has shaped Oregon’s history.