Portland’s late-19th century commercial district offers a plethora of interesting architecture as well as a fascinating history. This tour is packed with stories of Portlanders who made their mark as merchants and developers, and their buildings. You’ll learn about the Willamette’s first bridge, the first public market, and our first Chinatown, as well as the notable Portland architects who worked in the area designing buildings in styles ranging from Italian inspired cast-iron and Richardsonian Romanesque to the classically influenced architecture of the early 20th century. Along the way you’ll hear how the area was at the forefront of downtown preservation efforts in the 1970s and see firsthand how new development continues to change the built landscape.
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: Van Rensselaer, Love, and Harker Buildings, Architectural Heritage Center photo.