This nondescript building in downtown Astoria, OR was hiding a surprise: a breathtaking expanse of clear span space with a rare domed lamella roof system. As unlikely as it appears on the exterior, this warehouse-like building was actually an Armory, constructed to provide entertainment for military personnel during World War II headquartered in this lovely Pacific Northwest spot — the gateway to the mighty Columbia River. [Read more…] about Oh the Stories They Could Tell…Astoria Armory Edition
Who knew that competition was so fierce and cutthroat in the world of architectural boat tours in Chicago? According to our guide, who was a docent volunteer on the official Chicago Architectural Foundation tour, CAF has turned their river meanderings into one of the top visitor draws in the city, which, of course, has spawned a lot of copycats. Damn tour counterfeiters. [Read more…] about My What a Quaint Bridge Tender House You Have Chicago
Redside Development, in a push to give the two historic office building at Southwest Third and Morrison streets a look that draws creative companies to downtown’s east side, [Read more…] about Redside Development Gives Historic Downtown Buildings a Redo
Portland OR – The U.S. Custom House, located at 220 NW 8th Avenue overlooking the North Park Blocks, has been sold after four prior attempts failed. [Read more…] about U.S. Custom House welcomes new owner
Earlier this week, I paid a visit to an intriguing place called Hot Lake Springs, which is located in what felt like the middle of nowhere in eastern Oregon. Back in the day, Hot Lake Springs billed itself as the “Arkansas of the West” — after Hot Springs, Arkansas. (The site in its full glory is pictured to the left.) [Read more…] about Hot Lake Springs…The Arkansas of Oregon?
A prominent Portland commercial real estate developer has given the University of Oregon a gift that will give the campus’ historic preservation education program a boost. [Read more…] about Real Estate Developer Gifts $2.8 Million to University of Oregon
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqB_sl3xnmM[/youtube]A very good friend of mine, Mark Wilcken, from Arkansas Educational Television Network produced a wonderful documentary on mid 20th-century architecture around the state of Arkansas.
While Portland’s Architectural Heritage Center works diligently to restore and preserve some of Portland’s earliest buildings and neighborhoods, the Pearl District and South Waterfront are on the frontier of Portland’s newest and most innovative building projects. While those that that adore the curves and detail of the Meier & Frank building on SW 5th Ave. may [Read more…] about What can Portland learn from Jerusalem?
If I were supernatural, I might choose to be an awning fairy. My mission? Roaming the land, eradicating horrible awnings with the touch of my sparkly magic wand. (By roaming, I mean that I would be flying, of course.) [Read more…] about There Is No Such Thing as a Rain-Free Downtown Experience
In just a few months time, Portland’s oldest building will be made new again. The Hallock-McMillen Building, located at 237 S.W. Naito Parkway, is currently being restored to its original splendor. John Russell, best known for his work on Pac Tower West [Read more…] about Portland’s Oldest Building will be Made New Again