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Bickel's original cast-iron storefront was restored.
Bickel Block's 1880s facade is highly ornate and most of the cast-iron decorations were missing or broken and had to be recast in aluminum.
Intricate window arches, each was recast in several pieces then welded together. The windows have 3 or 4 different designs with each floor a different pattern and changes in design from one side of the building to the other.
Bickel before rehabilitation shows the facade.
As construction begins to remove the block wall, the original cast-iron begins to appear.
As more of the block is removed the original cast-iron columns are revealed.
The original 1880s storefront is revealed and work begins to restore the broken and missing cast-iron pieces.
The highly ornate 80 ft cornice above the cast-iron columns was broken. Over 500 individual pieces of the decorations were removed, patterns taken, molds made and then recast in aluminum and replaced.
Before rehabilitation, there was no substantial entry into the Bickel Block from Couch Street.
Now, the entry from Couch Street is welcoming and inviting.
The interior of the Bickel was deteriorating before rehabilition began in 2007.
Main entry shows grand stair and lobby area.
The stylish Bickel lobby now.
The Duck Shop is open in the storefront just off the Bickel lobby.
Duck Shop entry is just inside the main Bickel entry on NW Couch Street.
Built in 1907, this building was neglected and needed upgrading.
The wood windows on White Stag were salvagable and reconditioned.
The original 1950s storefront was updated.
The windows of White Stag reflect its industrial history.
The upper windows were refurbished or replaced with historically correct styles.
The upper floors were a blank slate but the historic flavor was retained.
Upper floors maintain industrial feel.
Light monitors original to the building were restored to provide abundant natural light to this 5th floor space.
Upper floor interior
Light filled spaces were created for University of Oregon's architectural program.
Original light well between the buildings was deteriorating and unusable.
Now the light well is an elegant space for tenants and visitors.
Skidmore Block faces NW First Avenue with the MAX Light Rail running directly in front.
Storefront facing NW First Avenue was rundown and in need of repair.
Updated storefront with new paint highlights the cast-iron popular in Portland of the 1880s when the building was constructed.
Building's craftsmanship shows in this view today from the Burnside Bridge.
Heavy timber construction was used in the Skidmore Block.
One of the interior offices in Skidmore shows character with exposed brick and heavy beams.
Skidmore lobby was in need of updating and restoring.
Lobby today is light and welcoming for tenants and visitors.
White Stag Block has ignited development in the Old Town neighborhood bringing new activity and a new tone to the district.