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A relic restored.

For many years, the Sinnott House has stood vacant and vandalized on a somewhat dirty corner in Portland, Oregon’s Old Town. Occupied mostly by pigeons, even the sidewalk around it has been closed at times, due to the potential danger of elements of the historic façade falling on pedestrians. But, Old Town is on the mend, and this historic preservation project explores one way to restore and renovate the Sinnott House and adjacent Simon Façade that not only salvages the infrastructure, but also enlivens the neighborhood: as a mixed-use anchor property.

The Sinnott House Revived - Historic Preservation: View from the Corner
Preservation of the Past, Improvement of the Present

Respecting the historic nature of the site, the predominant scale and massing of the building are maintained, the pedestrian experience is improved, the street wall is strengthened, and awnings, canopies, and other external alterations are sensitive to the historic style of the building and the district.

The Sinnott House Revived - Historic Preservation: Street Level Plan
Ground Level Plan

The desirable corner spaces of the building are reserved for high traffic uses that will support the community, such as a small grocery, or retail shops. The ground level of the hotel includes a sheltered courtyard, and restaurant and bar spaces.

Plan at street level.

The desirable corner spaces of the building are reserved for high traffic uses that will support the community, such as a small grocery, or retail shops. The ground level of the hotel includes a sheltered courtyard, and restaurant and bar spaces.

Historic restoration consideration.

As a renovation of a historic building in a district targeted for revitalization, certain design considerations had to be taken: respecting the scale and proportion of traditional building styles for horizontal additions, minimizing the visual impact of vertical additions, and subtly differentiating additions from the original building, all while maintaining compatibility and deference to the historic.

The Sinnott House Revived - Historic Preservation: Rendered Elevations
Historic Renovation & Preservation

As a renovation of a historic building in a district targeted for revitalization, certain design considerations had to be taken: respecting the scale and proportion of traditional building styles for horizontal additions, minimizing the visual impact of vertical additions, and subtly differentiating additions from the original building, all while maintaining compatibility and deference to the historic. Linework of the existing Sinnott House and Simon Façade were provided to the studio by Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects and incorporated and altered as required.

Central Lobby Courtyard
Central Lobby Courtyard

The main entrance to the hotel passes through the Simon Façade into the sheltered central lobby courtyard.

A courtyard for the central lobby.

The main entrance to the hotel passes through the Simon Façade into the central lobby courtyard. Historic and new construction are distinct, but careful spatial layering allows for a seamless bridging from one to the other. The covered open-air café behind the Simon Façade adjoins the courtyard and utilizes garden elements to soften the environment, and shape the space.

The Sinnott House Revived - Historic Preservation: Bridging the Old and the New - Rendered Building Sections
Bridging the Old and the New

The new addition and renovations are woven into the historic building carefully, both structurally and aesthetically, maintaining the integrity of the historic structure.

Bridging the old and the new.

The new addition is woven into the historic building carefully. Historic floor levels and access points are maintained, and new vertical circulation is placed at the hinge point of the old and new construction. To ensure compatibility, material considerations are also crucial. Materials were selected to be appropriate not only to the building, but also to the aesthetic of the historic district– in this case, brick, steel, and stone.

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