GSA Invites Public to View Historic Courtrooms in Gus Solomon Courthouse
Solomon Courtroom Undergoes Restoration
GSA Small business Utilization Program Manager Kenyon Taylor Provides Information on GSA Contracting Opportunities
The U.S. General Services Administration opened three newly restored historic courtrooms in the Gus J. Solomon U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon to the public on May 19 in celebration of Historic Preservation Month.
Featured in films such as “Men of Honor” and the “Leverage” television show on the TNT network, the National Register-listed Art Deco building is a Portland city landmark.
Approximately 100 people attended the open house which showcased the restoration of the two oak courtrooms and one cherry courtroom. The wood in the courtrooms was very dry and starting to crack plus several areas had been stained by minor water leaks. The wood was cleaned, repaired, hand-waxed and buffed. These monumental spaces are available for public and private use.
Special guest Kirsten Brinker-Kulis from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation in Washington D.C. joined GSA's property management and preservation staff. Also on hand was Kenyon Taylor from GSA's Office of Small Business Utilization to help facilitate preservation contractors and other small, small disadvantaged, veteran, service-disabled veteran-owned, HUBZone, and women business owners increase their access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities.
Other recent projects on display included the Solomon building's new solar roof panels, energy efficient upgrades and a restoration of the original copper skylights and decorative terra cotta parapet – work done under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.