BY LUKE AREHART
Portland Walking Tour – Modernism
and Beyond: The Architecture of Downtown Portland (South)
Portland contains an abundance of post World War II architecture by Pietro Belluschi, Michael Graves, and the world renowned firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the southern portion of the central business district. You’ll learn about the controversial and the award winners, the architects and firms that designed them, and the issues of the times that led to such dramatic changes to our built environment and skyline. 6:00pm Thursday, June 20, 2013 and 1:00pm Sunday, June 23, 2013. Allow two hours for the tour, pre-registration is required. $15 ($10 for AHC members).
Blocks Walking Tour – The South Park Blocks: A Cultural Mandate
This 11-block downtown area was first platted and donated to the City in 1852, transforming a fire break parcel into the most desirable residential area of its day –complete with schools, playgrounds, stately homes and places of worship. The South Park Blocks stand alone as a place of revitalization, refreshment and cultural allure. Offered by the Architectural Heritage Center. 2:00pm Sunday, June 30, 2013. Allow two hours for the tour, pre-registration is required. $15 ($10 for AHC members). (Thursday, June 27th's tour is sold out.)
Art for the
Millions Bike Ride: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA
During the height of the Great Depression, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) provided economic relief to millions of idle workers by employing them in the creation of public works projects and arts education programs. Although highly controversial in its time for its leftist political leanings, the WPA is cited as a major factor for the re-stabilization of the American economy leading up to WWII. Join Know Your City for a repeat of our first-ever tour, as we take a leisurely bicycle field trip/ tour of WPA-sponsored projects in Portland and hear from leading authorities on the subject. 10:00am – 1:00pm Saturday, June 15 and 10:00am – 1:00pm Saturday, June 22. Ride Departs from Portland Art Museum.