Our team was delighted to spend most of this summer onsite in Bend as the chosen window restoration company for Thompson Elementary.
Known today as the Amity Creek Magnet school, it was constructed in 1948 as a replacement for the older Reid School (1914). Designed by noted Portland architect Francis Marion Stokes, in 2020 a renovation project was begun to bring the school up to today's standards. Thankfully, the school district as well as the architects involved in the project make the decision to restore, rather than replace the original ribbon windows that are a hallmark of the mid-century international style.
The “ribbon window” was a term first coined by Le Corbusier in the 1920s. By his definition, ribbon windows are horizontal cuts across entire façades allowing interior spaces to be equally lit. Not only do these windows allow rooms to be flooded with light, but they also create unencumbered views of the surrounding environment. Work involved onsite repairs and workshop restoration and glass replacement.
Completion is scheduled for early 2021.