Fort Vancouver was built as a nineteenth-century fur trading outpost for the Hudson Bay Company. The site served as a U.S. Army post for 150 years, and figured prominently in the settlement of Oregon Country. Since 2009, ARG has been working with the National Park Service (NPS) on multiple projects at this National Historic Reserve Historic District.
The recent rehabilitation of Buildings 987 and 404 for the U.S. Forest Service included programming; interior space planning and design; code and accessibility upgrades; new mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems integration; and rehabilitation of historic finishes and features. The Building 987 rehabilitation received the 2017 Washington State Historic Preservation Office’s annual Valerie Sivinski Award for Outstanding Historic Building Rehabilitation.
WHAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW:
The original Fort Vancouver was established by the British-owned Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1820s, more than sixty years before Washington became a state.
Most of the extant historic buildings on site date from the early 1900s and are similar in design to other West Coast forts of the period, including Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA and Fort Baker in Sausalito, CA.
Photo courtesy of Tim Labarge