The DeSoto Building was built in 1916 when this district of NW Portland was home to auto-related businesses. LRS Architects designed improvements to the core and shell of the 58,000 SF building, upgrading the seismic conditions to current code standards, adding the entry canopies, repainting the exterior brickwork and creating a rooftop deck area. LRS also designed the main lobby, stair and corridor areas shared by the first and second floor tenants. The ground floor features large store-front windows which showcase the artwork for five established Portland art galleries: Augen, Froelick, Contemporary Crafts, Charles Hartman Fine Arts, and Blue Sky.
LRS’ offices occupy the 3rd floor, providing a consolidated home for the firm. LRS’ offices have been awarded a USGBC LEED Gold Certification for Commercial Interiors. Extensive sustainable measures, including remilling and reuse of the heavy timbers, helped the building achieve a modern interior with material references to the past. LRS was instrumental in the building receiving Historic Landmark status.