Washington High School Adaptive Reuse

The iconic Portland landmark, Washington High School, was renovated into a 116,100 sf, mixed use commercial and retail anchor for the Central Eastside and Buckman neighborhood. The 113,300 sf building received significant renovations on all four floors and constructing a 2,800 sf, roof-top terrace to host events. Construction of the core and shell included all mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire sprinkler systems.

Originally named East Side High School, Washington High School was originally built in 1907 and rebuilt in 1924 after a devastating fire. After briefly merging with Monroe High School, an all-girls vocational school, and changing its name to Washington-Monroe High School or “WAMO,” the school was officially closed to students in 1981, standing vacant for almost two decades. Details such as antique IBM clocks, slate chalkboards, classic pencil sharpeners and teacher’s cabinets can be found in the offices, while memorabilia from the school’s rich history is displayed in a trophy case.

  • Location|Portland, OR
  • SF|116,100
  • Owner|Venerable Group, Inc. & PacTrust
  • Architect|SERA Architects
  • Award|2015 DeMuro Award - Restore Oregon