Architectural Heritage Center, 701 Southeast Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214, United States

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Thursday
Jun
29
2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
In addition to the well-known neighborhoods of Irvington, Ladd's Addition, or Laurelhurst, Portland is also home to the lesser known but architecturally rich neighborhoods of Piedmont and Walnut Park. These areas contain many fine examples of familiar styles such as Queen Anne and Arts & Crafts but also the less frequently seen forms of Byzantine, Jacobean and Prairie style. Along the way you’ll see the work of architects like Joseph Jacobberger, whose North Portland Branch Library has stood as a neighborhood landmark for more than a century.
Tuesday
Jun
27
2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 10am-noon
10am-noon
Downtown Portland contains an extensive collection of classically influenced buildings, many of which are clad with glazed terra cotta, a building material that was at its height of popularity in the early 20th century. You’ll see the city’s first “skyscraper”, a bank that could have been a Greek temple and learn about several architects from this period who left an indelible impression on Portland including A.E. Doyle, the firm of Whidden and Lewis, and the Reid Brothers from San Francisco.
Saturday
Jun
24
2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10am through Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at noon
10am through Tuesday, June 27 at noon
Downtown Portland contains an abundance of post-World War II architecture by Pietro Belluschi, Michael Graves, and the world-renowned firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. This tour explores the southern portion of the central business district. You’ll learn about the controversial as well as the award winners, the architects and firms that designed them, and the issues of the times that led to such dramatic changes to our built environment and skyline.
Thursday
Jun
22
2017
Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 6pm through Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 8pm
6pm through Tuesday, June 27 at 8pm
Northwest Portland’s Alphabet District owes its existence to Captain John Couch, his family, and in-laws. Development in the area includes everything from fairly modest homes to mansions – not to mention vibrant commercial areas. This tour is the first of two tours in which we will look at the wonderful historic homes that define a large portion of this National Register Historic District.
Tuesday
Jun
20
2017
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10am through Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at noon
10am through Tuesday, June 27 at noon
This exciting new tour explores the abundant architectural and cultural history in the downtown neighborhood wedged between Old Town and the Pearl District. Along the way you’ll see 19th century gems, like the Mariner’s Home building which has just been rehabilitated and turned into the Society Hotel. You’ll also learn how the area became New Chinatown, and later Japantown, and you’ll see some landmark buildings like Union Station, the US Custom House, and even a historic fire station.
Saturday
Jun
17
2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017 at 10am through Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at noon
10am through Tuesday, June 27 at noon
The commercial district near the famous Skidmore Fountain and the oldest standing buildings in downtown comprise this fascinating tour of Portland’s only National Landmark Historic District. You’ll see the work of Portland’s earliest architects, learning how cast iron played a central role in their designs and how the city developed so close to the river. Along the way, you’ll also learn about some beautiful, but long-lost, buildings while also seeing great examples of historic preservation.
Thursday
Jun
15
2017
Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6-8pm
6-8pm
Over the last 20 years, the Pearl has been transformed from an outdated and tired industrial area into one of Portland’s premier residential and retail districts. A century ago, the area went through a similar transformation—from a working class housing area at the edge of a marsh to the city’s premier industrial and warehousing area. Many of Portland’s best known architects of the period designed buildings for important local and national companies. Most of these buildings remain, with their exteriors intact and new uses inside.
Tuesday
Jun
13
2017
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10am through Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at noon
10am through Tuesday, June 27 at noon
When Ralph Lloyd began his 35-year long project to create an east Portland "downtown" in 1926, the site for his project, Holladay's Addition, was one of Portland's grandest neighborhoods. The remaining neighborhood, now known as Sullivan’s Gulch, was heavily impacted by the development of Lloyd Center but still retains some wonderful architecture.
Saturday
Jun
10
2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10am through Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at noon
10am through Tuesday, June 27 at noon
Garthwick? Where is that?...you might ask. Located just south of Sellwood and north of the Waverly Country Club, this hidden residential neighborhood is a great "outdoor lab" for the most popular residential styles of the 20th century. Join us in an exploration of this often overlooked, off-the-beaten path neighborhood on the edge of Southeast Portland.
Thursday
Jun
8
2017
Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6pm through Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at 8pm
6pm through Tuesday, June 27 at 8pm
This eleven-block downtown area was first platted and donated to the City in 1852, transforming a fire break parcel into the most desirable residential area of its day –complete with schools, playgrounds, stately homes and places of worship. Come take a stroll through the groves of elms and recount some of the stories they would love to tell about the area’s history and architecture. The South Park Blocks stand alone as a place of revitalization, refreshment and cultural allure.