Ambition and the Transcontinental Era

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Ambition and the Transcontinental Era: Railways, Architecture, and Photography in 19th C. Portland

During the late 19th century, railways, architecture, and photography all developed simultaneously in the Pacific Northwest. The railways enabled the emergence of cities, large and small, as well as a new architecture of urbanization throughout the region. In turn, architects worked to give form and character to growing cities, none less than Portland. In turn, photographers worked to capture these dramatic changes to the landscape of the Northwest. In this talk, Alexander Benjamin Craghead, curator of the After Promontory exhibit at the AHC, will examine this intersection of railroads, architecture, and photography, with a special emphasis on Portland’s unique role as the intended terminus of the second transcontinental railroad.

This talk is supported by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art, in conjunction with the After Promontory exhibit.

This lecture program is held at the Architectural Heritage Center – 701 SE Grand Avenue

Seating is Limited. Pre-Registration is Highly Recommended.

Parking is on-street (free on Saturdays) or in the parking lot on the west side of Grand Avenue between SE Yamhill and Belmont Streets – just to the north of Urbanite. Thank you to Bolliger and Sons Insurance for sharing their lot with us for our evening and Saturday education programs.

$20.00 – General Public
$12.00 – AHC Members

About the Architectural Heritage Center
The Architectural Heritage Center’s mission is to “inspire people to conserve the art, craft, and context of historic buildings and places to promote our cultural heritage as a vital element of livable, sustainable, communities.” We seek to preserve the historic character and livability of our built environment, and to promote sustainability through the re-use of period homes and buildings.

Owned and operated by the non-profit Bosco-Milligan Foundation, we empower people in the Portland region to preserve both landmark buildings and the regular “vernacular” vintage homes and storefronts that collectively define our neighborhoods, traditional downtowns, culture, history, and quality of life.

Cover image: Albina shops of the Oregon Railroad & Navigation Co., Albina, OR (c.1890). Courtesy of Norm Gholston.


Event Detail

November 23, 2019 10:00 am
November 23, 2019 11:30 am


Architectural Heritage Center