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Who is Jane A.B. Honbeck?

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An Architect’s Atelier – Jane A.B. Honbeck was founded in 1993. There was a lack of architects working in the residential field in Salem, Oregon. A hole needed to be filled, and Jane Ann Bealey, a newly licensed architect wanted to fill that need; not only for new construction, but also historic renovation and restoration, and remodeling projects. She began the studio by renting a small space from Lee Seeger Designs, an interiors architect.

After three years of renting space from Lee, and a name change to Jane A.B. Honbeck, the studio was moved to Independence, Oregon. The new location, just 12 miles west of Salem in the historic town of Independence proved to be a good move. The town, being of historic nature, was a good compliment to the type of work Jane was doing, and soon light commercial construction was added to her repertoire.

Jane A.B. Honbeck started her career out with a degree in Architecture from the University of Oregon in 1981. She did her internships under Alan Blanchard of VIPS Corporation (1982), John Sparks of Oregon Health Sciences University (1982-1985), and Phil Settecase, Howard Smith and Darwin Doss of Settecase, Smith, Doss architecture (1985-1993). She attained her architecture license in 1993 in the state of Oregon.

Under Alan Blanchard the projects were restaurants for VIPS Corporation. These projects included remodels and new construction with Traditional and Tex-Mex influences.

The projects at OHSU under John Sparks were varied, from small remodel projects of doctors offices and patient rooms, to larger remodels for the graphics department and a playroom for the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital unit.

Settecase, Smith, Doss architecture hired Jane in 1985 to help on school remodel projects in the Salem area, and kept her on for 8 years. She was fortunate enough to help on projects for the Salem Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Chemeketa Community College, ADEC in Newberg, Evergreen Operations in McMinnville, several office buildings, and single family residences.

Jane’s interest was peaked when Roy and Hazel Patton of Salem hired her to work on several historical homes. The Pattons purchased several homes from the Mission Street area when a by-pass was slated to be built. The homes were moved to alternate locations, and restored to their grandeur.

From the work on these homes came a referral for a ‘new’ Victorian home to be built in the farmlands west of Amity. This was the project of a life time. The home is built on a large acre estate near Salt Creek. Over 8,000 square feet of Victorian splendor grace the landscape featuring the metal sculptures of Raymond Hunter and the artistic masonry of Rick Arnold and his crew.

Since the creation of this Victorian home over a hundred homes have sprung up from the designs of Jane A.B. Honbeck and hundreds of remodels. New homes range from a self-sufficient 600 square foot cabin in the forest lands above McMinnville, to the ornate Victorian home mentioned above.

Styles vary just as much: a modern design located in a valley west of Lebanon; traditional homes in the Illahee Estates and Chinook Estates; many country homes varying in size from 1,000 to 3,000 square feet; a dome house; Victorian houses; a French chateau; many Craftsman style homes; and a plethora of remodels and additions.

“The bottom line?” Jane says, “I love style. I love to design additions so they look like they have always been there. I love to design homes that exemplify a certain style; whether it is Victorian, Craftsman, Prairie or modern.”

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