Preservation: PCRI’s Home

November 19, 2009 · by pcriadmin · PCRI

Part of Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives’ mission is to preserve housing in Portland.  But preservation is defined in so many ways:

PCRI Offices - Front Window

One way PCRI preserves housing is through our Programs Department, encouraging homeownership for our residents through education for sensible financial decision making.

Another way we promote preservation is by valuing our natural resources and using them judiciously when constructing new homes.  We’re also continuously upgrading the energy- and water-efficiency of our residences.

But preservation includes something else: maintaining the rich history of our neighborhoods.  Part of that history is told in the architecture of the homes, like the M. G. Nease House where PCRI’s offices are located.  Here’s a little history told by architectural historian Jim Heuer:

PCRI Offices - Conference Room

The M. G. Nease House was designed by Alfred Faber for one of the many newly wealthy lumber entrepreneurs in 1908. In form it is an enlarged bungalow with characteristic Craftsman Style detailing.

When PCRI acquired the building it was in marginal condition, with many disruptive alterations having been performed by its prior owners. After 2 years of painstaking rehabilitation, PCRI moved into their new offices in early 2006. The work they did, as shown in these photos is remarkable for the dedication shown to preserving and restoring the architectural details of this once, and now again, grand home.

Additional photos and a virtual mini tour can be seen here.

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