The Pearl District: A Century of Preservation and Change Tour

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Transformed from an outdated and tired industrial area into one of Portland’s premier residential and retail neighborhoods, the Pearl is truly one of the city’s gems. A century ago, the area went through a similar transformation—from a working class housing neighborhood at the edge of a marsh, to an area primarily used for industry and warehousing. Many of Portland’s best known architects in the early 20th century designed buildings in what is now the Pearl, but while most now have new uses inside they still retain exterior details that harken back to a century ago.

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: Pacific Coast Biscuit Co., Photo Courtesy of Portland Archives & Records Center.

Event Detail

July 18, 2019 6:00 pm
July 18, 2019 8:00 pm


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