Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012 10:50 pm | Updated: 11:11 pm, Fri Aug 3, 2012
By CHRIS RIZER
East Oregonian | 0 comments
The non-profit coalition championing Pendleton’s Rivoli Theater has partnered with a Portland 3-D imaging company to showcase the building’s assets and gather architectural measurements.
On Saturday, August 10 or Sunday, August 11, Paul Tice of i-10 Associates will gather measurements and 3-D images from the building using lasers. He will later use the images to show the building’s potential to the public on the coalition website and posters. He said 3-D glasses will not be necessary to view the images, although his company makes products with such capabilities.
“With these images people will be able to take virtual tours of the Rivoli through web-based technology with any device that has access to the internet,” said Dr. Andrew Picken, Rivoli Restoration Theater Coalition president. “We’ll have a permanent record for the internal dimensions of the space, which will be very useful when we work with architects to develop the restoration plans for the site.”
Tice said he will use Computer Aided Drafting to touch up the images to show what the Rivoli would look like after a remodel. He said the lasers collect and measure the structure with a plus-or-minus 2 mm accuracy, which is convenient for creating renderings.
Although Tice is offering the services to the coalition for free, he doesn’t do so for all clients. But a passion for history led him to do pro-bono work on historical projects such as the Timberline Lodge in Mount Hood, Coos Bay’s Egyptian Theatre and the Petersen’s Rock Garden in Redmond.
“This is one of the significant benefits of restoring historic buildings through the non-profit model,” said Picken, who is married to East Oregonian associate publisher and owner Kathryn Brown. “This is probably the first of soon-to-be many examples of this sort of generosity.”
Tice said he partnered with a photographer to produce a package complete with laser images and interviews with locals to help the Historic Preservation League of Oregon enter the Petersen Rock Gardens in the national historic registry.
Peggy Moretti, Historic Preservation League of Oregon executive director, said the organization connected the Rivoli coalition with i-10 Associates as part of the services it offers to the theater as one of the Oregon’s nine endangered places.
Moretti said the Rivoli was inducted to the list in May. HPLO provides endangered site members services such as preservation strategy development, assessing rehabilitation needs, securing grants, and connecting organizations to experts like i-10 Associates. But she’s not sure how much work she’ll have to do with the Rivoli.
“(Picken’s) group was a little more organized than the other folks we run into and work with, she said. “So Andrew and his group had laid some groundwork.”
Moretti said the Rivoli coalition nominated the theater for the endangered status. A volunteer advocacy committee and the HPLO board of directors chose it because it met criteria of historical significance, urgency, community support and long-term viability.
The building demonstrated urgency because former owner Gregory Galloway considered demolishing it before the title in mid-June switched to the commission after the Pendleton Development Commission purchased it for $38,000.
The PDC purchased the Rivoli for the coalition under condition of the roof’s resurfacing, which Palmer Roofing finished last month.
The coalition’s interest in preserving the theater demonstrated community support, and the theater was considered viable because HCLO deemed it financially self-sustaining, Moretti said. Opened in 1922, the Rivoli is considered historically significant because it’s part of the Pendleton’s South Main Street National Historic District, and in its prime was Umatilla County’s premier gathering place, according to an email from HPLO fields programs manager Brandon Spencer-Hartle. Moretti said Oregon has a lot of small, downtown theaters like the Rivoli that need restoration. “When we looked at the Rivoli, we saw it as an example for other communities,” she said.
She said resurrecting venues like the Rivoli can revitalize downtown areas, which fell by the wayside with the rise of shopping malls. “After WWII people started moving to suburbs,” she said. “People drove everywhere instead of walking. It was considered progress and modern.”
For more information on i-10 Associates, visit www.i10assoc.com. For more information on the Rivoli Restoration Coalition, visit rivolitheater.org.