Watzek House (photo by Brian Libby)
BY LUKE AREHART
Watzek House Tour
Tour Oregon’s newest National Historic Landmark. In 1935, when Portland lumber magnate Aubrey Watzek wished to build a house for himself and his mother, his friend John Yeon undertook to find a site and propose a design for the house. Yeon was just 26 years old. 10:00am & 1:00pm Saturday, August 17, 2013 allow 90 minutes for the tour $30 Register at: http://tickets.uoregon.edu/johnyeon/event-register.
Montavilla Neighborhood Walking Tour
Walking tour includes such highlights as a neo-baroque monastery, 19th century farmhouses, Arts & Crafts bungalows, and a vibrant streetcar era commercial district with a restored “streamline moderne” theater. 10:00am Saturday, August 17, 2013. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue Portland. $15 ($10 for AHC members); Allow two hours for the tour, pre-registration is required at www.visit-ahc.org.
Yamhill Historic District Walking Tour
What is today the Yamhill Historic District was separated from the rest of Old Town when the new Morrison Bridge was constructed in the 1950s. This tour includes 19th century cast iron buildings, as well as some of the most notable historic commercial architecture in Portland. You’ll also learn about how this one-time market area was also home to the city’s early Chinese immigrant community. 6:00pm Thursday, August 22, 2013. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue Portland. $15 ($10 for AHC members); Allow two hours for the tour,pre-registration is required at www.visit-ahc.org.
Portland’s Olmsted Parks Plan: A Bicycle Tour
What are the Olmsted lessons for the 21st century? Along the way you’ll explore these great places: the Springwater Corridor, Ross Island Park, Sellwood Park, Sellwood Bluff Parkway, Eastmoreland and Reed College Place, Reed College Campus, Kenilworth Park, Laurelhurst Park, Dr. James Hawthorne Gravesite, Ladd Circle, and Ladd/Elliott boulevards. Tour guides Steve Dotterrer and Richard Ross have worked for several decades as Portland region planners, historians, and preservationists. Maps will be provided. 1:00pm – 5:00pm Saturday, August 24, 2013. Architectural Heritage Center $18 ($10 for AHC members); This tour is intended for intermediate skill cyclists, age 18 and over, pre-registration is required at www.visit-ahc.org.
Central is 100!: A Downtown Walking Tour of Library History
The Central Library will be 100 years old in September 2013. Enjoy a two-hour walking tour of 150 years of library history, guided by local nonprofit Know Your City, with special guests A.E. Doyle biographer Philip Niles and librarians who will share treasures from the library’s archives and special collections. Tour highlights include: visiting the location of Portland’s first library, learning about the People’s Free Reading Room at City Hall and hearing about the architectural details and special treasures at Central Branch. 12:30pm-2:30pm Saturday, August 24 2013 (waitlist) & Sunday, August 25, 2013 (15 openings available). Walk Departs from Skidmore Fountain. More info at knowyourcity.org.
Pearl District Walking Tour
Over the last 20 years, the Pearl has been transformed from an out-dated and tired industrial area into one of Portland’s premier residential and retail districts. Many of Portland’s best known architects of the period designed buildings for important local and national companies. Most of these buildings remain, with their exteriors intact, and new uses inside. 6:00pm Thursday, August 29, 2013. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue Portland. $15 ($10 for AHC members); pre-registration is REQUIRED at www.visit-ahc.org.
Hidden Portland Tour
With an eye towards the small, quirky and curious, this tour lets you in on some of the little-known but best-kept secrets of the city. Offered by Know Your City, this is a visual and interactive tour of Portland that encourages participation, play and active learning. Focusing on the Cultural District, sites include a wide-ranging selection of public art, museums, buildings and architectural features…all bound to get you to see the Rose City with new eyes and experiences. 10:00am-12:30pm Friday, August 30 2013. Meets at Director Park, $18 ($15 for Know Your City members) Tickets online at knowyourcity.org.
Chinatown/Old Town Tour
With tour guide Reiko Hillyer. While today Portland is known as one of the whitest cities in the US, its multicultural and immigrant history is rich and storied. Old Town/Chinatown shows the challenges faced by Portland’s ethnic communities, as well as their many contributions to the city’s economy, industry and culture. Topics covered by this tour include Portland’s first African American community, Japan Town, Chinatown and more. Focusing on the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, this tour charts Portland’s urban development, and how these transformations created the city we know today. 10:00am – 12:30pm Saturday, August 18, and again on August 31 2013. $18 ($15 for Know Your City members); Meet outside Voodoo Doughnuts, register at http://knowyourcity.org/