For Release: May 18, 2011
The Lake Oswego Historic Resources Advisory Board (HRAB) yesterday honored Michael Lammers, Marylhurst University vice president of finance and facilities, with the 2011 Historic Preservation Merit Award. The timing of this award coincides with National Preservation Month, a celebration dedicated to ensuring our nation's treasures are protected for future generations.
"The vote to honor Michael was unanimous," said Jeannie McGuire, chair of Lake Oswego's Historic Resources Advisory Board. "His restoration of the historic elements in Marylhurst's buildings and support for the reconstruction of the Belluschi House on the campus is exemplary and worthy of recognition by the citizens of Lake Oswego."
Lammers was instrumental in a $25 million revitalization of the university's historic campus. He oversaw a campus-wide effort to restore buildings to their original beauty and modernize them with the latest systems. From wood moldings and double-glazed windows to technology in the classrooms, he preserved the gifts of the past while updating for the needs of the future.
Renovation of campus open spaces included: returning the pedestrian-friendly, park-like setting of the campus to its original beauty; and adding a green space and patio area between the administration building and student commons building.
New historic restoration project in the works
Lammers is the Marylhurst lead on the project to reconstruct an historic, midcentury modern Pietro Belluschi home on the Marylhurst campus. The house, built in 1949 on a woodsy lot in Lake Oswego, is only 921 square feet and will be reassembled and restored to its original condition. The historic preservation of one of his smaller projects is unusual and significant.
Belluschi was an American architect who began his career as a draftsman in Portland, Ore. He designed more than 1000 buildings and served as dean of MIT's School of Architecture and Planning for 14 years. He achieved a national reputation with buildings such as the Pan Am Building in New York City and the Bank of America in San Francisco. Locally he is known for designing The Portland Art Museum. In 1994, Belluschi died in Portland, Ore. at the age of 94.
Judie Hammerstad, a Marylhurst University trustee, was a co-winner of last year's merit award. She was recognized for her leadership in initiating and implementing the restoration of Lake Oswego's iron furnace, built by the Oregon Iron Company in 1866.
About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore. on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. More than 1,900 students earn degrees on campus and online. Marylhurst offers 20 undergraduate degrees, 9 graduate degrees and 13 professional certificates, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies to prepare students as interdisciplinary thinkers and ethical leaders.