The 2020 Pacific Northwest Field School will take place in Concrete, WA in the foothills of the North Cascades. The town is best known for its history of Portland cement production with numerous industrial and commercial buildings constructed using its namesake material. This year’s Field School activities will center on an early cast-in-place concrete building, the historic Baker Club House. The 1914 building was once a social venue and offices, with a Portland cement laboratory in the basement! The Field School will also explore the surrounding industrial landscape, which includes remarkable cast-in-place concrete silos, a crusher plant, and fence posts. Come join us at Field School in Concrete, WA where we will explore historic concrete preservation and industrial landscapes!
During three one-week sessions in September 2020, students will participate in rehabilitation projects on and around the Baker House site. While each session has a specific theme, all include hands-on work, documentation, a field trip, and nightly lectures from cultural resource professionals. Evening lectures from preservation professionals will examine the history, theory, and practice of historic preservation in the Pacific Northwest.
Session 1: August 30–September 4
Materials Intensive: Concrete
The first week will focus on the preservation and rehabilitation of historic concrete including casting, patching, building forms, and repair of concrete elements on site. Workshops may include industrial archaeology and condition assessment. This session is ideal for those who would like to learn more about current practices in historic concrete repair.
Session 2: September 8–12
Specialized Preservation Maintenance
Week two will have a maintenance and repair focus with projects including concrete casting and patching, wood window repair, and masonry cleaning and maintenance. This session is ideal for those working in the field of historic structure maintenance and rehabilitation.
Session 3: September 14–20
This session is intended as an introduction to historic preservation and the preservation trades. Participants will be introduced to historic cast concrete repair and wood window restoration with possible workshops in cultural landscape studies and industrial archaeology. This week is recommended for all incoming students to the University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation graduate program and for those who are new to the preservation field.
Tuition and Credits
Tuition and Two (2) Undergraduate Credits: $1,150
Tuition and Two (2) Graduate Credits: $1,250
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Director’s Scholarship Award covers the cost for one field school session ($1250) with up to an additional $100 travel allowance ($1350 total), and is given specifically to an individual pursuing professional training in historic preservation. It is open to all field school participants who enroll for academic credit.
Accommodations will be provided at the Baker Lake Lodge. Participants will have shared rooms and bathrooms, and a large common area with a cozy fireplace! Meals are included.
By Car: Accommodations (Baker Lake Lodge) are located approximately 6 hours from Portland and 2 hours from Seattle. Address and directions will be provided for participants driving themselves.
By Plane: The closest airport is Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
By Train: The closest train station is King Street Station in downtown Seattle.
Transportation from the University of Oregon Portland campus will be arranged during session three for incoming graduate students.
If you plan on receiving transportation from the Seattle airport, Seattle train station, or from the White Stag in Portland (session three only), please wait until you receive the Welcome Packet for the specific pick up times from each location. Due to the distance of the site and limited Field School staff availability, the Field School will only be able to arrange one pick-up time per week from each location.
The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School has been a partnership among multiple agencies for more than 20 years.
- University of Oregon
- National Park Service
- Idaho State Historical Society
- Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
- Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
- Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
- Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
- Puget Sound Energy
How to Apply
The deadline for applications for this year’s Field School sessions is July 1, 2020. Rolling admissions will follow based on session availability.
Please check back soon to apply!