MPF Conservation is a full-service company specializing in conservation, restoration and preservation of furnishings of upholstered and non-upholstered objects, textiles and interior architectural elements.

When you think about conservation, equate it to restoring the furniture or object the best way possible for the history, life and value of the object; it is not our intention to make the object “new” again.

We clean, repair, and conserve: lacquer, leather, woodworking, textiles, upholstery, passementerie, needlework, quilts, shellac, painted finishes, and interior architectural applications for both private and institutional clientele.

If MPFC does not have the talent in-house, we work with a co-conservator to accomplish the task, letting our client know, of course.

The partnership is Mitchell Powell, PA, AIC and Kate Powell, partners in work and in life, each with our specialties. To learn more about the principals:

We also provide a wide variety of services toward the overall care and preservation of your objects, including care advice, design services, and occasionally acquisitions. For more information on our business offerings outside of actual treatments, see the Services listed below:

We do not perform appraisals though we can authentic a piece for your appraiser. Read Authentication versus Appraisal for more information.

We typically do not offer interior design (many of our clients are designers and architects) but sometimes do in conjunction with a conservation project (see the Crater Lake Superintendent’s Home under Crater Lake NPS).

Our Institutional Clients

We service both private and institutional clientele from our studio in Portland, Oregon. For four decades we’ve served the West, from Southern California to Canada, and into Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona. Occasionally we go beyond the west when no other conservator is nearby or when a specialty is needed that is not available in the area. (Hearst Castle shown right.)

For more information, visit:

  • National (National sites, all run by the National Park Service a this time)  
  • Regional  (Institutions run by state or local governments)  
  • House Museums (Homes that have become museums, run by local entities)

Of course, you can also search items by their designation, as in Upholstered Objects, Wooden Objects, or Textiles.

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Image above right of Mitchell Powell from Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian, captioned: Sitting among pieces of Mason Monterey, Mitchell Powell discusses the differences between conservation, preservation and restoration processes — differences that, at times, can be quite nuanced.