October 8, 2018
Congratulations to everyone involved in the Roosevelt High School renovation in Portland, Oregon for receiving Restore Oregon’s DeMuro Award! We are thrilled that the campus has been recognized for excellence in preservation, reuse, and community revitalization.
Encompassing buildings designed nearly a century ago, the historically rich Roosevelt High School serves as a point of pride for the St. Johns neighborhood of North Portland. George H. Jones designed the original campus buildings in the Colonial Revival style as part of a dramatic building program begun by Portland Public Schools in the early 1900s.
To revitalize the campus and restore the original buildings to their splendor, the mid-century additions that obscured views of the Colonial Revival buildings were demolished. Historic spaces were adaptively reused to support the 21st century educational program. The original auditorium was converted to a daylight-filled library / media center. A seldom-used central courtyard was enclosed to become a new commons space, transforming the area into the heart of the campus. New additions, including a classroom wing, gymnasium, theater, and CTE spaces were added. The new campus provides the latest systems and technology, while honoring the historic architecture with a fresh, new perspective.
Photo credit: Jeff Amram Photography