After repeated Willamette River flooding in the late 19th century, Portland’s central business district began to move west of 2nd Avenue, embarking on an era of building construction that utilized popular new materials, often coupled with classical design motifs. The results included some of the city’s first “skyscrapers” and by the 1910s, Fifth and Sixth Avenues had become the heart of this new business district.
This tour examines the downtown “temples of commerce,” located mostly along Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Along the way you’ll see banks resembling classical Greek and Roman temples and learn about the early 20th century architects who left an indelible impression on Portland, in particular Albert E. Doyle, Whidden & Lewis, and the Reid Brothers from California.
Space is Limited. Pre-Registration is Required.
$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 courtesy Architectural Heritage Center.