STAGING INTERVENTIONS: 
Preservationists Rick Michaelson & Karen Karlsson 
Fight to Save Portland’s Architectural History


Your average Portlander might not know architectural preservationists Rick Michaelson and Karen Karlsson by name, but they will certainly recognize many of the properties they’ve worked to save. On the list are some of Portland’s most interesting historic structures. Along … Read more

By Saving “One of the Last of Its Kind,” ARCIFORM Preserves Portland’s History


The ARCIFORM team has been hard at work restoring the historic Fried-Durkheimer House, also known locally as the first Morris Marks House, and the extensive renovations are nearing completion. Recently, we were able to take a look at the … Read more

Carrying the Torch: Preservationists Save Portland’s Architectural Treasures

Built in 1880, the Fried-Durkheimer House, also known as the first Morris Marks House, is a stunning example of the Italianate style that was popular in Portland in the mid to late 1800s. Very few Italianate structures remain in Portland today, which makes this architectural beauty especially worthy of preservation. Designed … Read more

Morris Marks: Through the Eyes of a Budding Architecture Student

This week we welcome our newest intern, Kylee Hansen to the ARCIFORM team with a post she wrote on her favorite project; the Morris Marks house.

An old, forgotten Italianate house sat quietly on SW 12th and Main. Arched windows … Read more

The Morris Marks Diaries: Moving Day

If you were downtown on Saturday, September 30th, you may have noticed a 2,860 square foot historic house moving through the street… in two pieces. Don’t believe us? Check it out here:

That’s right, we cut an 1880 Italianate in … Read more

The Morris Marks Diaries: Old House Revival Tour

The month of April was a busy one for us here at ARCIFORM. Not only did we host a workshop on ADU’s and Short-Term Rentals, a Design Week Open House and a Lan Su Chinese Garden benefit party at the … Read more