7307 SE Foster Road
Portland, OR 97206
Oregonian headline reads:
Company Tackles 8,000-Piece puzzle to duplicate floor at Pittock Mansion
The kitchen floor at the Pittock Mansion looks the same today as it did 96 years
ago, but Kathleen and Don Lansing and their crew at Lansing Linoleum had a heck
of a time making it happen. Like most everything in the Pittock, the 400 square
foot kitchen floor was extremely innovative for its day.
Made out of rubber tile
(which went out of favor for residential installations over the years because it
tends to absorb fats and oils), it was created using more than 8,000
interlocking pieces. Working from pieces of the original floor tile, Kathleen
Lansing traced the shapes, and then transferred them to a computer system that
would program an industrial water-jet saw to cut the tiles out of Johnsonite
After the daunting task of reassembling the tiles into workable 1
by 1 squares, Don Lansing and lead installer Stanley Askew had to lay out the
pattern mathematically to make sure it would all come together as planned. From
start to finish, the project took over seven months to design and complete.
project was challenging, but also a lot of fun. The whole shop got involved on
some level. It was fascinating. The Pittock staff has done a wonderful job
maintaining the restoration, and the kitchen is open to the public.
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