E.M. Thompson Retail Building Remodel

Bend, Oregon

Project Description

The E.M. Thompson building owners wanted to give their downtown Bend building a much needed facelift and approached Ascent Architecture & Interiors to help orchestrate their vision. Built in 1916, the building has gone through nearly a century of tenant changes and cosmetic alterations. The owners wanted to bring the building back to prominence by doing a complete façade remodel while keeping a historical nature to the design. After research uncovered photographic evidence of the original façade dating back to the year after its completion, our team set to work restoring the building’s historical look. The Wall Street façade is painted predominately grey with some white accents around the windows and new wood framed storefront. The interior space is paneled in reclaimed wood. The original wood floors have been refinished, while the low soffit ceiling has been removed to expose the spaces 16-foot volume above to provide the retail space with its original full-height ceiling space.


  • 2015 High Desert Design Council “Best Commercial Remodel” winner

Project Details

Completion date 2015
Size 3,667 square feet


Our design called for stripping down the interior space and rebuilding it to suit the new retail tenant. We’ve also relocated the mezzanine stairway to provide a feature piece of the interior design.

Before & After

The original ornate brickwork across the parapet of the building is painted white to display the building’s historical character. A canvas awning and reclaimed wood building sign were added to the façade renovation to recapture the building’s street presence.

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