Historic Preservation & Restoration

Lucien Swerdloff
Art Center 102
Dry Stack Masonry Workshop

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.

Video of the Historic Astoria Waterfront

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 wages in this field range from $15 to $25 per hour, although many in this industry are self-employed.

Winter 2018 Class Schedule (.pdf 299 KB)

Fall 2017 Class Schedule (.pdf 333 KB)

Spring 2017 Class Schedule (.pdf 364 KB)

Winter 2017 Class Schedule (.pdf 334 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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