John Jacob Astor Elementary School was built in 1925 and designed by prominent local architect, J.E. Wicks. Both the Elementary School and the “Old Gym” are designated as historic in the Adair Uppertown National Register Historic District in Astoria, Oregon. This elementary school has been featured in several prominent movies and is beloved by the community. The original elementary school is a three-story facility situated on an extremely tight and sloping site adjacent to the highly used old gym.
The primary goal for this intensive renovation project was to renovate the facility to meet the District operational requirements while maintaining the elegance of the original design and meeting the scrutiny of the Historic Landmarks Committee and local community.