Preservation Workshop

May 21 2016 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
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Preservation of Mid-Century Modern Building Materials Workshop


1820 NE 21st Avenue Portland, OR 97212


DoCoMoMo_Oregon and the Association for Preservation Technology, Northwest, are pleased to co-host a work- shop on Mid-Century Modern materials. The workshop will focus on materials used in the northwest through their history and case studies. The sessions will conclude with a lively discussion as to whether preserving Mid-Century Materials is less important than preserving the plan and layout of Mid-Century structures. A sack lunch will be provided to all attendees.


  • Tour of Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church by Hazel Carpenter.
  • History of Mid-Century Modern Materials. Presented by Diana Painter, Oregon SHPO.
  • Plywood in Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Presented by Suzana Radivojevic, University of Oregon.
  • Glue-Laminated Timber in the Western U.S.: It’s Develop- ment, Failure Patterns, and Preservation Methods. Presented by Rachelle Byarly, University of Oregon.
  • Means, Methods & Materials for Preserving / Restoring Mid-Century Modern Concrete. Presented by John Lambert, President, Abstract Masonry Restoration, Inc.
  • Nondestructive Evaluation of Mid-Century Building Materials. Presented by Shan Wo, PE, Atkinson-Noland & Associates.


  • Veteran Memorial Coliseum: The Challenges of Mid-Cen- tury Modern Spectator and Events Venue. Presented by Susan Hartnett, Spectator Facilities and Development Manager, Portland Office of Management and Finance.
  • Case Studies: Interventions and Additions to Modern Seattle Landmarks. Presented by Susan Boyle, Principal, BOLA Architects.
  • Panel Discussion: How important is it to retain original materials vs. plan concepts? Moderated by Brian Rich, Principal, Richaven Sustainable Preservation.