Washington, DC 20016 | POB 5605
Phone: (202) 437-7567 | ortado@starpower.net
"Historic Preservation Contractor"

Master Carpenter Specializing in Historic Preservation and Restoration
Stephen Ortado of Historic Structures addresses window conservation needs at the White House, perhaps the best known period residence in the world.


Historic Structures is a general contractor specializing in historic preservation in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Over the last 30 years, we have participated in the restoration of some of the best known historic residences in the US, including The White House, the Lincoln Cottage (President Lincoln's summer residence), and the Blair House (the presidential guest house).

Our primary mission has been to produce elegant, integrated solutions in the widest range of historic materials. Our principal, Stephen Ortado, is a carpenter by trade, an engineer by training and a preservationist by avocation. Mr. Ortado has over several decades developed the comprehensive array of historic restoration services necessary for the sound, economical preservation of historic structures. In addition, we have nurtured valued working relationships with some of the most accomplished artisan specialists in the country. Whether or not any American presidents have ever stayed at your house, we will employ these skills to preserve your unique, historic and equally irreplaceable period home.

We believe that the most satisfactory and efficient plans for historic preservation are a compromise between the needs of our client and the intent of the original builder. We are prepared to produce sound, reliable work from old photographs, client drawings and even from salvaged historic fragments. We are always willing to share our extensive field experience with both owners and architects on an informal basis. However, clients often find it most cost effective to bring us into the design process early, as consultants, to establish realistic budgets and schedules.

Our experience and commitment to these important historic structures can help to assure a satisfactory result for your project as it has for so many others. To contact our Principal, Stephen Ortado, by email, click here or call our office at (202) 437-7567. We are glad to respond to your letters sent to:

Stephen Ortado
Historic Structures
POB 5605
Washington, DC 20016

GREEN??   The recent interest in "green" standards of construction and LEED certification is laudable and welcome. However, green building is nothing new to preservationists, who have always understood that the greenest building is the one that is already standing. Historic preservation is the most efficient means of reducing the energy costs associated with new building construction and renovation. Before you begin your project, ask:   is it ethical, is it economical, is it necessary to rip out this beautiful, durable historic fabric and replace it with inferior work??

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