Great Classical Buildings of Portland

"Great Classical Buildings of Portland" was the ICAA-NW Chapter's inaugural Portland event (May 21, 2016). Our free walking tour of downtown Portland was ably led by local guide Eric Wheeler, who navigated us through the city to see commercial, civic, and institutional buildings, as well as public spaces. A lively discussion about history, style, function, and design continued after the tour at a convivial happy hour at Higgins, a local food and drink standby.

Special thanks to the organization and energy of ICAA-NW member Katie Davis and board members Briana Miller and Ruth Greenberg for making this first Portland event a success.

 Tour members in front of A.E. Doyle's Central Library (1913). ICAA-NW board members traveled to Portland for the weekend to join a good local group and lend their insight and enthusiasm to the tour.

Tour members in front of A.E. Doyle's Central Library (1913). ICAA-NW board members traveled to Portland for the weekend to join a good local group and lend their insight and enthusiasm to the tour.

The highlights of the tour included the following buildings (just to list a few, in addition to images below):

  1. First National Bank/Bank of the West (1916, Coolidge & Shattuck), SW 5th/Stark
  2. US National Bank Building (1916/1925, A.E. Doyle), SW 6th/Broadway
  3. Bank of California (1924, A.E. Doyle), SW 6th/Stark
  4. Wells Fargo Building (Porter Building, 1907, Benjamin Wistar Morris III), SW 6th/Stark
  5. Charles F. Berg Building (1902/1930, Kim Weber/Grand Rapids Design Service)
  6. Pioneer Courthouse Square (1984, "Portland's Living Room")
  7. Pioneer Courthouse (begun 1869, completed 1874, federal architect, Alfred B. Mullett)
  8. Meier and Frank Building (1909-1915-1932, A.E. Doyle and Patterson)
  9. Jackson Tower (Journal Building, 1912, Merritt Reid and James William Reid)
  10. Arleen Schnitzer Concert Hall (Paramount Theatre/Portland Publix Theatre, 1928, Rapp and Rapp), SW Broadway/Main
  11. Portland Art Museum (1932-39, Pietro Belluschi)
  12. Masonic Temple (1924, Frederick Fritsch of Sutton and Whitney)
  13. First Congregational Church (1895, Henry Hefty), SW Park/Madison
  14. Federal Courthouse (1933, Whitehouse and Associates), Main/Broadway
  15. Portland City Hall (1895, Whidden and Lewis), SW 4th/Jefferson
  16. Multnomah County Courthouse (1914, Whidden and Lewis), SW 4th/Main
  17. Portland Building (1982, Michael Graves) 5th/Main
 the Imperial Hotel

the Imperial Hotel

 the mark building

the mark building

 The Governor Hotel

The Governor Hotel

 the united states post office

the united states post office

 the Benson Hotel

the Benson Hotel

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Photo Credits: Lubosh Cech