A historic house amongst oak trees in Newberg, Oregon inspired a new multifamily community named Deskins Commons.
Deskins Commons is an affordable housing apartment complex with 56 units consisting of one 3-story, three 2-story, and three single-story new multifamily residential units. The site captures the historic Todd House and heritage Oregon white oak trees, both of significant cultural value.
The Todd House was not in optimal condition. It had additions that negatively impacted the original architectural character of the building, the foundations had settled and the original siding had been over-clad with vinyl siding. The building needed to be restored to showcase its original character while improving its building enclosure performance.
RDH was retained in 2012 by Studio C Architecture, LLC to for Building Enclosure Consulting Services for this new complex and the historic Todd House.
The restoration of the Todd House included removing the additions, front porch structure and raising the building up to facilitate a new reinforced concrete foundation. The vinyl siding was removed. The existing ship-lap wood siding was removed, refurbished and reinstated over new rainscreen furring, incorporating a new air barrier/water-resistive barrier. The historic single-hung wood windows were removed and completely restored. Airtightness was improved by installing new rubber gaskets cut to fit tightly around the counterweight pulleys in the jambs and the larger rough opening was sealed with flexible flashing tape.
The project was completed in 2014 and The project won multiple notable awards including the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development as well as the City of Newberg Community Enhancement Award.