Historic Preservation & Restoration

Lucien Swerdloff
Art Center 102
Alderbrook Hall Restoration

Astoria is a city of many historic structures. Some have been restored to their original condition while dozens more will need the attention of skilled craftsmen and women with the skills learned in the Historic Preservation & Restoration program at Clatsop Community College.  Our students learn construction and restoration skills in hands-on workshops where they work to preserve structures across our region. They combine this with classes on documenting historic structures, a complicated skill that is a requirement for many restoration jobs.

Register now for hands-on workshops:

  • Plaster Repair (26-27 January & 2-3 February at the Flippin House in Clatskanie)
  • Blacksmithing (2-3 & 16-17 February in Stella Washington)
  • Wood Window Restoration (2-3 & 9-10 March at Alder Hall in Astoria)
  • Mausoleum Restoration (6-6 & 13-14 April at Ocean View Cemetery in Warrenton)
  • Dry Stack Masonry (27-28 April & 4-5 May at the Flavel House in Astoria)
  • Facade Restoration (18-19 & 25-26 May at the Stella Blacksmith Shop)

Workshops are open to all. For more information call 503-338-2301 or email

Register online or call 503-338-7670.

Video of the Historic Astoria Waterfront

In 2017 the Astoria City Council recognized the Clatsop Community College Historic Preservation and Restoration program for being an exemplary preservation partner to the city of Astoria. In 2012, the Historic Preservation & Restoration program received the Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education award from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation for work on an 1882 homestead cabin in Central Washington. The program has been recognized by the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, the Astoria Historic Landmarks Commission, and the Knappton Cove Heritage Center. Our students are currently working on restoration projects at the Knappton Cove Quarantine Station in Washington, the Oceanview Abbey in Warrenton, The Doughboy Monument in Astoria, and Alderbrook Hall in Astoria.

The hands-on workshops take students to historic sites throughout the region, where they have the opportunity to work with national and state parks agencies and historical societies. Students study a variety of crafts including woodworking, stained glass, plaster, window and door restoration, and masonry. Our students have used this experience to start successful restoration businesses, work in preservation fields, or work for government agencies. Average starting wages in this field range from $20 to $25 per hour, although many in this industry are self-employed.

Spring 2019 Class Schedule (.pdf 287 KB)

Winter 2019 Class Schedule (.pdf 313 KB)

Fall 2018 Class Schedule (.pdf 274 KB)

Spring 2018 Class Schedule (.pdf 309 KB)

Winter 2018 Class Schedule (.pdf 299 KB)

Fall 2017 Class Schedule (.pdf 333 KB)


Historic Preservation Course Descriptions



Running a plaster molding

Degrees & Certificates: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
One-Year Certificate
Career Pathways Certificate
What's Next?: 
  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Take the COMPASS placement evaluation (You will be prompted to register online for the COMPASS through online admissions. For more information about the COMPASS Placement Evaluation click here).
  3. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor (If you need help identifying your advisor contact the Student Services Center at 503-338-2411 or email). 
  4. Register for Classes.

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