Restore Oregon’s DeMuro Award Honors Chapman Hall for Exceptional Historic Rehabilitation

By Hennebery Eddy

Hennebery Eddy’s rehabilitation of the c.1939 Chapman Hall at the University of Oregon garnered a 2018 DeMuro Award from Restore Oregon, a nonprofit that advocates for preservation and reuse of historic structures. The DeMuro Awards honor extraordinary historic rehabilitation projects across Oregon, recognizing the creativity, persistence, and craftsmanship required by outstanding restoration projects.

Designed by UO’s first dean of architecture, Ellis Lawrence, Chapman Hall blends many architectural styles, including Egyptian Revival and Art Moderne. Originally home to the campus bookstore and English and Modern Home Economics departments, the terra cotta and brick structure was rehabilitated through exterior repairs and repointing and seismic reinforcement. Energy upgrades allow it to meet LEED Gold standards and see an energy cost savings of 60.2% while retaining the (restored) original steel windows — a positive outcome for historic and sustainable design.

A reorganized interior now includes classrooms, seminar rooms, offices and community space, while also retaining many historic features like the main west stair, a 1942 wall mural by E.R. Scott, and the original home economics fireplace. Today home to the Clark Honors College, the rehabilitated Chapman reopened for classes in early 2018.

The award program, named in honor of the late developer Art DeMuro, began in 2013; Hennebery Eddy previously won in 2016 for the rehabilitation of OSU’s Strand Agriculture Hall. Restore Oregon will present the awards at the Restoration Celebration on Nov. 2, 2018.