ABOUT PRESERVATION ARTISANS GUILD
The Preservation Artisans Guild provides an opportunity to connect with restoration professionals who are passionate about the preservation and conversation of period resources.
The Preservation Artisans Guild was founded with a simple mission: to connect the public with truly qualified experts in preservation and conservation. We know historic buildings, antique furniture, and period decorative arts can be irreversibly damaged when handled and cared for improperly. Preservation Artisans Guild connects the public with true restoration professionals who are passionate about the preservation and conservation of period resources.
THE PRESERVATION ARTISANS GUILD BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Karla Pearlstein, President:
Karla is an active historic preservationist, specializing in and with a particular affinity for period kitchens and bathrooms through her
consulting company Restoring History. Karla relies on her extensive knowledge, as well as ongoing research to guide building owners and contractors through the often confusing process of historical renovation.
Matthew Roman, Secretary | Treasurer:
Matthew Roman has 25 years of experience working to preserve the Northwest’s architectural heritage both through architectural design and support of not-for-profit organizations. His work includes numerous renovations and restorations of historic structures throughout the Portland/Vancouver area. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Pittock Mansion Society and Restore Oregon, elected board chair of both organizations. Matthew is a founding member of the Preservation Artisans Guild. In 2016 he was appointed by the mayor to the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission where he currently serves. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, Matthew founded Roman Design, LLC in 2006 offering traditional residential design services rooted in classical principles and
Deann Holtz is a decorative display specialist with an extensive knowledge of frame crafting, archival materials, and handling techniques; helping clients to safely share and enjoy family heirlooms and art pieces. She provides various skills and experience cultivated from her passion for design and crafting, retail business ownership, and economic development and strategic planning.
Gwen is the co-owner and manager of Bolling & Company, which specializes in rare, museum-quality papers from 1880 – 1930, offering framed remnants, original rolls and custom reproductions. Gwen was the co-founder of Gracewood Design, a maker of custom floorcloths, from 2004 to 2016. Prior to that, Gwen held a variety of positions in technology companies in the Bay Area.
Roy Fox, Advisor:
Roy Fox is an active participant in the preservation of the built and natural environments. He and his wife, Kim, have restored three homes - a condemned 1884 farmhouse, a 1923 bungalow and an 1890 Victorian cottage slated for demolition, all located in Portland. Their restoration work has brought them into contact with many designers and craftspeople including masons, carpenters, woodworkers, plasters, plumbers, electricians, and so many more who love to work on old houses. Roy, in particular, has honed his personal skills in many of these areas and is undaunted by the challenge of restoration. Roy is retired from a career at the Bonneville Power Administration and now focuses his time on travel, hosting travelers, restoration work and strategic planning assistance to nonprofit organizations. In between these activities you can find Roy volunteering at places like Lan Su Chinese Garden or riding his bike all around the region.
Many of our members have received some of the highest awards for their quality craftsmanship and high-level of expertise. They are some of the best people in the country at what they do.
Our members come from diverse backgrounds and skill-sets, specializing in unique areas while presenting quality work, ranging from paintings and other artwork, to appliances and lighting.
Angels Project for Pittock Mansion
The Pittock Mansion is recognized as one of the premier house museums in the entire Pacific Northwest. It was the vision of Oregon Pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock to build a grand estate overlooking the City of Portland. Learn more here.