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  • Champoeg Pavilion Addition Repair at Champoeg Pioneer Memorial Building

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  • Champoeg Pavilion Addition Repair at Champoeg Pioneer Memorial Building

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  • Champoeg Pavilion Addition Repair at Champoeg Pioneer Memorial Building

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THE CHAMPOEG PIONEER MEMORIAL BUILDING AND ATTACHED PAVILION

The Champoeg Pioneer Memorial Building and its pavilion were built in the early 1900s to house the annual celebrations of an historic event. The obelisk monument marks the spot at Champoeg where this historic 1843 vote by trappers and farmers of the area occurred.

THE CHALLENGE

The Champoeg Pavilion building was originally held up by logs. At some point, the logs were removed and replaced with toxic creosote (a tar material often used for telephone poles) soaked logs. ARCIFORM was brought on to restore the building using logs provided by local trees. The process included peeling the trees, then lifting and supporting the structure while the old creosote logs were removed. Each post base was recreated with kneebrace joinery.

FROM THE CLIENT

“Arciform, the general contractor, did a fabulous job… It definitely is worth taking the time to go look at how tight & precise their joinery is, especially at where the knee braces are let into the log columns (not easy to do!) & at the carpentry on the mitered column bases & capitals. They are true craftsmen. I’m very pleased with how this project turned out — it definitely restores the historical integrity, function, & beauty to the building!” – Heidi Overman, Construction Project Manager, Engineering & Design Division of the State of Oregon.