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Bank Lobbies in Downtown Portland – Old and New
Jan 24-2020

Bank Lobbies in Downtown Portland – Old and New

Since the early pioneer days, bank buildings have had major role in defining the streetscape in downtown Portland. From modest to monumental; financial institutions continue to make an aesthetic statement and at the same time provide a visual sense of security for their customers. We’ll take a look at several elegant bank interiors that span […]

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Merchants and Markets Tour
Mar 3-2020

Merchants and Markets Tour

Portland’s late-19th century commercial district offers a plethora of interesting architecture as well as a fascinating history. This merchants and markets 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 […]

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The Pearl District: A Century of Preservation and Change Tour
Mar 10-2020

The Pearl District: A Century of Preservation and Change Tour

Transformed from an outdated and tired industrial area into one of Portland’s premier residential and retail neighborhoods, the Pearl is truly one of the city’s gems.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 […]

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Downtown Portland’s “North End” Tour
Mar 17-2020

Downtown Portland’s “North End” Tour

Explore the abundant architectural and cultural history in the downtown “North End” neighborhood that bridges Old Town and the Pearl District. Along the way you’ll see 19th century gems, like the Mariner’s Home which has been rehabilitated and turned into the Society Hotel. You’ll also learn how the area became New Chinatown, and Japantown, and […]

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South Park Blocks Tour
Mar 24-2020

South Park Blocks Tour

The South Park Blocks – an 11-block downtown area – were first platted and donated to the City of Portland in 1852. By the 1880s the strip of land that once served as a fire break had been transformed into one of the most desirable neighborhoods in the city – complete with schools, playgrounds, stately […]

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Broadway and Mid-Town Tour
Mar 31-2020

Broadway and Mid-Town Tour

Beginning in the 1890s, the area downtown between Southwest Broadway and Ninth Avenue, underwent a dramatic change from a residential neighborhood on the edge of town to a bustling commercial and cultural district. This Broadway and Mid-Town Tour takes a look at what are today, some of the most well recognized and architecturally significant buildings […]

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