University of Oregon
Historic Preservation Program

2015 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School

General Information

The 2015 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School will be located in Portland, Oregon. We will be focusing on two sites, the AJ Masters House in Hillsboro, Oregon and cabins at Tryon Creek State Park. Each week, we will be running projects at both sites simultaneously, giving students ample opportunities to learn techniques of preserving a pioneer era house and log cabin.

The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School curriculum is designed to attract participants from all walks of life from those with no experience in preservation, practicing cultural resource professionals, and undergraduate and graduate students to novices with little background in the field but who possess a love for heritage and a desire to learn.  The University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program developed this Field School to provide participants with the opportunity to experience preservation firsthand.

The field school is intended for anyone interested in working in a hands-on environment and getting experience working with preservation craftspeople in the spectacular Pacific Northwest. The typical class varies in age, skill, background, and interest, but the common thread is always enjoyable learning. Incoming graduate students in the Historic Preservation MS Program are required to enroll for at least one session as part of their graduation requirements. Many participants have used the field school to launch into historic preservation, and many graduates of the University of Oregon's program got their start at the Pacific Northwest Field School.

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Location 1: Andrew Jackson Masters House

Andrew Jackson Masters House Inventory Form

Masters House in the News, 2011

The AJ Masters House was built in 1853 and is one of the oldest houses still standing in Washington County. The house was built using box construction with the beams, cross ties and upights milled from cedar logs. The house has a one-story kitchen ell extending from the south elevation, an enclosed porch on the east elevation, and a bathroom attachment on the west elevation. The house recently got a new foundation and many of the accretions removed. The Field School projects will focus on interior and exterior work on the house. 


  • Back porch stabilization. Students have the opportunity to remove and refurbish ceiling boards and replace rotted wood in the ceiling.
  • Rebuilding the cornice. This task will teach students how to hand plane and hand tool the cornice.
  • Develop a new roof and site drainage plan.
  • Restoration of the original kitchen chimney. Using salvaged bricks from the chimney, students learn the technique of rebuilding the chimney inluding how to make a mud mortar.
  • Window restoration / repair under the supervision of a preservation craftsman.
  • Additional research and material testing inside the house. Students get the opportunity to remove drywall and learn investigation techniques such as where the stair was originally placed. Students will also discuss interpretation options for the interior of the house.
  • Archaeology surrounding the house. During foundation work in the summer of 2014, an archaeologist documented artifacts from the 1850s. Students will dive into further investigation of archaeological resources on the site.

Location 2: Arnold Park Log Cabin

Arnold Park Log Cabin National Register Nomination Form

[Information adopted from a draft Historic Structure Report by Hana Al Maktoum, Brian McBeth, Terra Wheeler and Douglas Paden Vargo for the Historic Structures Report class at the University of Oregon, Fall 2014.]

Frederick Arnold and his family resided on the Arnold Park cabin property between 1879 and 1907, which included 106 acres. It is presumed that sometime after John Arnold’s 18th birthday (son of Frederick) in 1890, he was given a 5-acre parcel of land from the 106 acres owned by this father and constructed the first cabin on the property. The first cabin is a one and one-half story log cabin with a rectangular plan, steeply pitched gable roof and differing construction additions at the rear. The early cabin remains today and is in close proximity to the larger log home.

It is accepted that John Arnold constructed the second, larger house between 1907 and 1917. The Arnold-Park Log Home embodies ideals of the Arts & Crafts movement as reflected in the unique owner designed and built log-and-frame residence.  The building has the scale, roofline, and architectural details of a Craftsman bungalow, with the distinctive round logs of the Rustic Style. The building shows exceptional craftsmanship in the fitting of the logs, and execution of architectural features such as the peeled-pole dormer. Alterations to the building are minimal and include primarily the replacement of a few doors, windows and roofing.  The integrity of the building is high and strongly conveys its origins in the Arts & Crafts movement.  The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places under Criterion C, for its exceptional craftsmanship and unique blend of Craftsman and Rustic Styles that exemplify the Arts & Crafts movement at the local level in southwest Portland.

The Arnold-Park log home has been used over the years as a weekend retreat, vacation destination and as a family home until the property was transferred to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department for use as an addition to Tryon Creek State Natural Area.


  • Repair rotted porch floors and stairs on the north and south elevations. This includes investigation of the various types of wood rot and interventions for repairing rotted boards and logs.
  • Window restoration and repair.
  • Research on the interior finishes. Students get the opportunity to research and explore interior finishes such as faux wood graining, parquetry floors, and uncovering paint layers. 
  • Writing a Master Plan for the site. Preservation professionals will assist students in understanding the long-term vision for this site. Students will be a part of creating a lasting legacy for the spaces through proposing a viable use for the site and cabins.
  • Landscaping Plan for the site. Students will learn about landscape architecture and botany by creating a landscaping plan for the house including balancing historical plantings at the site and the new needs of the park.


Travel and Accommodations 

  • Location: Portland Metro Area, Tryon Creek State Park and AJ Masters House in Hillsboro, OR.
  • Driving: Driving directions to the sites will be provided shortly.
  • Flying: The Portland International Airport is within 45 minutes from our Field School sites.
  • Accomodations: Currently being finalized.
  • Food: Meals are included in the cost of attendance.

Session Dates and Themes 

  • Session 1: August 23 - 28, 2015
  • Session 2: August 30 - September 4, 2015
  • Session 3: September 6 - 11, 2015

*All dates will be from Sunday arrival by 4 pm to Friday 7 pm depature.

All sessions entail hands-on-work, documentation, and various preservation related activities—including field trips. Evening lectures will focus on the week's special theme, but can and will delve into other areas of preservation.

Credit and Tuition

Field School participants can earn two (2) graduate or undergraduate level credits from the University of Oregon for each repeatable one-week session, grading is on a pass/no pass basis.  

  • Not for credit: $900
  • Two (2) undergraduate credits: $1100
  • Two (2) graduate credits:  $1250
  • Additional credit: $200 per director's approval

Tuition includes food, lodging, and transportation during each week-long session. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the rendezvous site.


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Deadline for Scholarship was May 30, 2015. The Director's Student Scholarship is available, but not limited to, individuals planning a career in the preservation field, who without this funding assistance may not be able to attend the Field School.  The recipient must be taking the Field School session(s) for academic credit.  The award covers tuition for one field school week and additional travel expenses. The Scholarship application is included in the general application linked above.


Shannon BellShannon Sardell is the Director of the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, an adjunct Historic Preservation professor at the University of Oregon, and a consultant in historic architecture. She maintains a consulting practice that focuses on historic architecture with research interests that include preservation technologies and box construction in the Pacific Northwest. Shannon, a graduate from both the University of Oregon's Architecture and Historic Preservation program, currently teaches a field recordation, condition assessment, HABS/HAER, and Preservation Technology for the University of Oregon’s historic preservation program.


Don PetingDonald Peting, Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Historic Preservation Program, is the founder of the Preservation Field School. He occasionally teaches part time in such areas as architectural design, preservation technology, and historic structures. He is an historical architect and maintains a consulting practice that focuses on 19th and early 20th century architecture and his research interests include traditional building technologies, early powered mills, and seismic retro-fitting of historic structures. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome since 1978. In 2005, the National Council for Preservation Education honored his educational career with their James Marston Fitch lifetime achievement award.


Amy McCauleyAmy McCauley is the owner of Oculus Fine Carpentry, Inc., a window and door specialty business. She has been working in construction for the past 13 years in the Portland-Metro area, six of them devoted to developing Oculus. Her emphasis is in working with traditional tools and techniques; some of her notable projects include the Pioneer Courthouse, A.T. Smith House, Delaney-Edwards House, Virgil Crum House and the Gardener’s House at Shore Acres State Park.


Fred WaltersFred Walters is an award winning historical architect and architectural conservator in Cambridge, Idaho. He holds architecture licenses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada. His work includes building condition assessment and evaluation of over 240 buildings, as well as design and construction services for a wide variety of preservation projects. Walters has been an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon, teaching courses in Preservation Technology and Condition Assessments. He has been an active member of the field school since 1999.


Donald HoukDonald Houk  Don Houk worked as a carpenter/builder and began with the Park Service at Olympic National Park in 1987 working on the Trail Crew. Don got involved with the backcountry structures in 1989, doing repairs and reroofing projects. He left the Park Service in 1993 to work for himself again full-time doing repair and remodel work. Don returned to the Park in 2003, and in 2006 became the official Backcountry Carpenter, at which point he started a preservation program to address the needs of the more than 30 structures in the backcountry of Olympic that are listed or are eligible to be listed on the National Register.


Murray Boatright Murray Boatright is a Preservationist working for the National Park Service. Based out of Channel Islands National Park, Murray is a member of a preservation crew also working on structures in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego. As a trail crew employee at North Cascades National Park, Murray began his career in historic preservation maintaining structures such as fire lookouts, mining cabins, and barns. Additionally, he spent a considerable amount of time working on many of the notable structures at Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve. Murray lives in Ojai, CA with his wife and two children.


Sterling HoldorfSterling Holdorf is a Preservation Specialist for Channel Islands National Park and currently supervises a preservation crew that strives to preserve the unique collection of historic structures at Channel Islands National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Cabrillo National Monument in Southern California.  Sterling began his career with the National Park Service in 1987 while working for the maintenance division at Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).   In 1998 he began working for RMNP’s preservation crew, focusing on the rehabilitation of the historic McGraw Ranch.  During his time at RMNP, he had the opportunity to work on preserving many of the Park’s 172 historic structures.  Sterling obtained a certificate in Historic Preservation from Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania and is a 2002 graduate of the Preservation and Skills Training program(PAST) administered by the National Park Service in Frederick Maryland.   He is currently serving as a mentor in the PAST program.  Sterling lives in Ventura California with his wife and two children.


Past faculty at the Field School have come from the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington State Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, and the professional preservation community.


The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School would not be possible without the continued support of federal, state, and local agencies. Collaborating sponsors for the 2015 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School include:

  • University of Oregon
  • National Park Service
  • Idaho State Historical Society
  • Idaho Heritage Trust
  • Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
  • Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
  • Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation


Historic Preservation Program
School of Architecture & Allied Arts
5233 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5233

Field School Director
Shannon M. Sardell, Adjunct Faculty

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Make Good: School of Architecture and Allied Arts

Historic Preservation Program
5233 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Office: 254 Lawrence Hall

P: 541-346-2982

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