Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District: Connecting People, Parks and Nature Thanks, Mike: Historic Schlottmann House at HMT gets period paint
by Bill Evans
With THPRD’s historic Schlottmann House in need of a fresh coat of paint, the park district didn’t have to look very far for a project manager.
Mike Janin, THPRD’s superintendent of Security Operations, maintains his office in the early 20th century residence, which is part of the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex at 158th and Walker Road, Beaverton. A history buff, Janin successfully angled for the opportunity to put his own distinctive mark on the building.
“I told Doug (Menke, THPRD general manager) that I wanted to put historical colors on the house,” Janin said. “The HMT Complex is our flagship, so let’s have buildings that stand out. I love restoration, and I knew we could make the house pop if we could restore it with period colors.”
Janin got the OK to proceed, provided he did the necessary due diligence. That included tracking down Schlottmann descendants to get the family’s blessing.
The Schlottmann House was completed in 1906, after German emigrant Heinrick Schlottmann settled on part of the 92-acre property that is now the HMT Complex.
“I reached out and found a descendant, Charlie Schlottmann,” Janin said. “He and his older brother Jim said the family would be honored if we put historical colors on the house.”
Janin also consulted with the Washington County Museum and the color designer at Sherwin Williams.
“I laid out the colors, and she agreed they were correct for the 1910s and ‘20s,” he said. The house, after being painted white for more than a century, now wears two tones of green, wheat on the window borders, and roycroft copper red on the window sashes.
The facelift didn’t end there. Maintenance crews replaced the deck boards, a project made more challenging by some corrosion in the foundation. New pillars were fabricated and installed, and some greenery was removed to expose the latticework.
“On old houses, that lattice served a purpose,” Janin explained. “It was a venting system to keep the area underneath the porch dry.”
The last step – new roof shingles – is scheduled for completion this fall, said Jon Campbell, Maintenance superintendent.