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Votive Church (GermanVotivkirche)  is a neo-Gothic church located on the Ringstraße in Vienna, Austria. Following the attempted assassination ofEmperor Franz Joseph in 1853, the Emperor’s brother Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian inaugurated a campaign to create a church to thank God for saving the Emperor’s life.

Mission Santa Barbara, also known as Santa Barbara Mission, is a Spanish mission founded by the Franciscan order near present-day Santa Barbara,California. It was founded by Padre Fermín Lasuén on December 4, 1786, the feast day of Saint Barbara, as the tenth mission for the religious conversion of the indigenous local ChumashBarbareño tribe of Native American people. The mission is the namesake of the city of Santa Barbara as well as Santa Barbara County.

The Alamo, originally known as Mission San Antonio de Valero, is a former Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound and was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836. It is now a museum in the Alamo Plaza District of Downtown San AntonioTexas,USA.
The Boston Avenue United Methodist Church, located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahomaand completed in 1929, is considered to be one of the finest examples of ecclesiasticalArt Deco architecture in the United States, and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built by a congregation of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1999

New York City Hall is located at the center of City Hall Park in the Civic Center area of Lower ManhattanNew York CityUSA, between Broadway,Park Row, and Chambers Street. While the Mayor’s Office is in the building, the staff of thirteen municipal agencies under mayoral control are located in the nearby Manhattan Municipal Building, one of the largest government buildings in the world.

St. Paul’s Chapel, is an Episcopal chapel located at 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Streets, in Lower Manhattan in New York City. It is the oldest surviving church building in Manhattan. A chapel of the Parish of Trinity Church, St. Paul’s was built on land granted byAnne, Queen of Great Britain, designed by architect Thomas McBean and built by master craftsman Andrew Gautier.
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Exterior Facade Remodel

1980’s home in Portland, Oregon is getting an exterior design update as well as new materials such as cedar siding and flush metal panels 

Existing Home

 Proposed Design

Roads End

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Construction has begun on the Roads End Home on the Oregon Coast. We recently broke ground and below have some photos of the old existing home which was demolished, along with some current construction photos and a few renderings of what the new home will look like. 

West Wind Progress

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We have another updated look at the construction of the West Wind House. Below is a panorama of the house so far compared to the original drawing of the design. 

Forgive the panorama, its a little distorted and bent. 

Bluff House

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Here is a look at another one of our projects in construction. This photos are from the Bluff House Project in White Salmon Washington. Keep an eye out for more construction photos coming soon, hopefully in sunny weather.

Functional Style

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Here are some slides that tie in with our first post about the “Holland Hook”. Architects in Holland at this time in the 1920’s were working in what is called the “functional style”. These slides below are all part of this functional style from Holland in the 1920’s. If you have any current day photos of these buildings or any travel experiences with visiting these places we would love to head about it. 

Administration Building, Dutch State Railways. Utrecht, Holland. George van Heukelom. 1918-21 Funtional Style

School. Hilversum, Holland. Willem Marinus Dudok. 1922. Functional Style

Apartment House. Amsterdam, Holland. Michel de Klerck. 1922. Functional Style

“The most important architect of the Amsterdam school style was Michel de Klerk who in one apartment block called Het Schip (The Ship) established all principal aesthetical solutions of this style. The School of Amsterdam style was largely influenced by expressionism.”

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Bijenkorf Store, The Hague, Holland. Piet Kramer. 1924-26. Functional Style
De Bijenkorf (literally, “the beehive) is a chain of high-end department stores in the Netherlands with its flagship store on Dam SquareAmsterdam.In 1926, a second store was constructed in The Hague. It was designed by architect Piet Kramer and stands as an example of Amsterdam School architecture. Here is a photo of how the building looks today.

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We received a wonderful gift this week from Portland photographer David Papazian. It is a collection of black and white architectural photographic prints entitled “Modern Architecture” by Kenneth John Conant. 
It was distributed by The University Prints, Boston Massachusetts as part of their Student GM Series. We will be posting a few photos from the series each week and would love to hear from you about them. Perhaps you have some more information about a specific building or first hand experience visiting the building or landmark and would like to share your stories and memories with us. Hope you enjoy!

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In 2011, the first of the baby boomer generation turned 65 years old. It’s estimated that 8000 people a day will be turning 65 for the 18 years following that 2011 date. With advanced age there are higher odds of becoming temporarily or even permanently limited in mobility.  An ADAconsultant that I worked with a number of years ago, described able bodied people as temporarily mobile individuals. He himself was confined to a wheelchair. I have never forgotten what he said. All of us will, at some point, experience immobility to on degree or another. The American Disabilities Act that began in the 70’s has made great changes in every aspect of public buildings. More than ever I feel that our private residential designs, whether new construction or remodel work, should accommodate universal design to help everyone transition in the golden years. With creativity, the design solutions can be beautiful solutions. The article below by Karin Beuerlein highlights a number of design considerations. 

Adding Universal Design Features to Your Bathroom

This bathroom incorporates several elements of universal design, including a curbless shower, wheelchair-friendly sink, and a hand-held shower. Image: Porcher

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