It is a great honor to be recognized by by Restore Oregon and awarded the 2021 DeMuro Awards, Celebrating Excellence in Historic Preservation. We are humbled to be in the class of 2021 with our fellow award winners.

The Carlton Office Renovation and Adaptive Reuse project is the current iteration of this 1916 building in Carton, Oregon, that was previously an auto repair, a leather glove factory, and a winery production facility. This renovation expresses the historic qualities of this building, including its heavy timber structure and exterior brick walls. New lighting was carefully selected and located to enhance these historic components. Other new components, such as exterior finishes, interior walls and cabinets were carefully detailed to create a contrast between the old and new, all remaking the interior into modern office space.
The Carlton Office follows other historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects that is a focus of Waterleaf’s architectural practice.  Such wonderful examples include the Telegram Building, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Waters Cultural Art Center, 620 SW 5th Avenue Building (The Failing Building), and Whitehouse Crawford Building, home to the Seven Hills Winery.   

Special thanks to our partners on the project, Schommer & Sons for their exquisite focus and care in restoring the project and bringing it to the 21st century.

The DeMuro award celebrates superior restoration and outstanding leadership in historic preservation. The spirit of the award celebrates preservation, revitalization with reimagined and revived meaningful places, and reusing existing buildings as a way to preserve one of Oregon’s greatest renewable resources.

The ongoing pandemic has postponed the annual Restoration Celebration Gala & Benefit until the Spring of 2022. You can support Restore Oregon and their efforts to preserve historic structures in Oregon by clicking here:

You can also follow Restore Oregon on their social channels for bi-weekly video releases of all the fantastic 2021 DeMuro Award honorees.
lobby of the renovated office building, with leather panel wall treatments, exposed beams.