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Diamond in the rough
Historic Lostine Tavern under renovation, set to open in May
LOSTINE — Big changes are afoot at the Lostine Tavern. Most noticeably, the front awning has been removed to restore the building to its original design.
Owner Peter Ferré said the Tavern received an Oregon Heritage facade grant that issued through its Diamonds in the Rough program through Oregon Parks and Recreation.
Ferré said Oregon Heritage does historical designations for buildings.
“We’re going through the process with that and bringing the facade of the building back to its historical look.”
A photograph circa 1890 of the tavern is in essence what it’s going to look like again, Ferré said. “We took the overhang off and will replace it with a retractable canvas awning.”
Other facade work includes repainting, repointing the stone, replacing windows and getting rid of the power lines out front. The grant requires a one-to-one match, and Ferré said proceeds from the garage sale held last summer during the Lostine Flea Market started the fund to match the state’s grant.
Major reconstruction got under way by Charlie Kissinger Construction last month as the main floor of the tavern is being completely reconfigured.
“The guys are working hot and heavy inside the building on the main floor. They have poured concrete, re-supported and reconditioned the floors, are moving the bathrooms and the kitchen, renovating the plaster walls and the tongue-in-groove ceiling.”
Ferré said the intent is to bring the building back to its original look. When first built, it was a pharmacy and the main floor is being opened up to have more space. Early in the renovation process, fiber wall board was removed exposing the county’s signature building component, Bowlby stone.
Of course, an old building doesn’t have modern conveniences like a centralized heating and cooling system, but that will be added, Ferré said.
Business partner and the brains behind the menu, Lynne Curry, said the tavern will have a cowboy bar theme, in line with its history. It is set to open in mid-May.