Chaucer Court


Union Labor Retirement Association

Carleton Hart Architecture completed a major rehabilitation on this historic 1924 mixed-use building with affordable housing over commercial space in Downtown Portland. The former International Order of Odd Fellows headquarters’ rehabilitation includes new windows (historic reproductions of steel windows on the street elevations), restoration of the brick and terra cotta, new roof and roof drainage, and a compete remodel of all interior residential units. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was therefore subject to Portland Historic Design Review, SHPO, and National Park Service review and approval. By working closely with the City and State agencies during early design phase, the Carleton Hart design team won unanimous Landmarks Commission approval at our first hearing.

Sustainable improvements include the restoration to historic elements and fixtures, replacement of original deteriorating steel windows with new energy compliant steel windows and fiberglass windows (which also addressed historic requirements and visual impacts), a new exterior wall assembly to provide increased thermal performance and reduce air leakage, upgraded roof insulation, new energy efficient HVAC system, new lighting, and Energy Star appliances throughout.

Restoring the terra cotta lanterns along the parapet posed a unique challenge to the design team, as did the structural improvements and restoration of the ground floor canopies along the sidewalk. Work was coordinated so ground floor commercial tenants could remain open for business during construction.