BY BRIAN LIBBY
The Ladd and Reed Legacy: Building Portland, 1851-2013
In this lecture urban planner Richard Ross, who led a coalition to restore the historic Columbia River Highway nd founded the Save Our Elms campaign for Laurelhurst and Ladd's Addition, traces the roots of the Ladd and Reed families, which helped build Oregon’s civic and educational fabric, its basic economy, and set the stage for Portland’s strong neighborhoods and vital downtown of today. The Ladds and Reeds pursued a common vision, to build a thriving 19th century “Renaissance City” out of soggy Stumptown while also establishing Reed College. The lecture is part of the American Institute of Architects/Portland chapter's Historic Resources Committee's monthly meeting. 12:00pm Wednesday, September 18. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. Free.
Donovan Rypkema: the Remarkable Economics of Preservation
Rypkema, principal of PlaceEconomics, a Washington, D.C.-based real estate and economic development consulting firm and author of "The Economics of Historic Preservation: A Community Leader’s Guide," makes the case in this lecture for historic preservation's economic viability with rousing oratory. 6:30pm Wednesday, September 18. St. James Lutheran Church, 1315 SW Park Avenue. $15.
Films by Evan Mather
As part of the Center for Architecture Film Series, director Evan Mather's 30-minute documentary A Necessary Ruin: The story of Buckminster Fuller and the Union Tank Car (2009) will be shown, as well as the shorts A Plea For Modernism and I Am Artist. As A Necessary Ruin explores, upon its completion in October 1958 the Union Tank Car Dome, located north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was the largest clear-span structure in the world. Based on the engineering principles of the visionary design scientist and philosopher Buckminster Fuller, this geodesic dome was, at 384 feet in diameter, the first large scale example of this building type. A Necessary Ruin relates the powerful, compelling narrative of the dome’s history via interviews with architects, engineers, preservationists, media, and artists; animated sequences demonstrating the operation of the facility; and hundreds of rare photographs and video segments taken during the dome’s construction, decline, and demolition. 7:00pm Thursday, September 19. AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. $5 suggested.
Lewis & Clark College’s Agnes Flanagan Chapel
Presented by the Portland chapter of DoCoMoMO, this guided tour explores an iconic campus buildings at Lewis & Clark begins with the Flanagan Chapel, completed in 1969 by acclaimed Seattle modernist Paul Thiry, and its 2007 addition by Portland's BOORA Architects, the Dianne Gregg Memorial Pavilion. Thiry's sixteen-sided chapel emerges from the trees, rising dramatically upwards from a wide base. Inside, the chapel resembles an amphitheater as much as a church, with circular seating around the center creating an interactive and yet intimate space. 10:30am Saturday, September 21. Lewis & Clark College, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road. $10 ($5 for DoCoMoMo members). Advance registration required. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Summer Tours of The Shire
The Shire, formally known as the John Yeon Preserve for Landscape Studies, occupies a 75-acre waterfront site in the Columbia River Gorge across from Multnomah Falls. This is a carefully designed landscape with a sculpted lawn, a series of meadows, wetlands, vista points, river bays, and walking paths that John Yeon created over the past 30 years. The Shire is a center for Pacific Northwest landscape studies while being preserved as an example of landscape design. 10am Saturday, September 21. $30. For more information call 503-412-3718.
How to Research the History of Your House
Ever wonder who lived in your house before you? Or what your house looked like originally? Historians Tibby O’Brien and Morgen Young take you through the steps to uncover the history of your vintage house (as well as any other building). Using the latest online sources, local archives, and libraries, they will show you that the process is not so mysterious when you know what steps to follow and where to look. 10:00am Saturday, September 21, Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. $18 ($10 for AHC members).
Green Apple Day of Service
A group of organizations including the AIA/Portland Schools Committee, the AIA/Portland Committe on the Environment, the Cascadia Green Building Council, the Council of Educational Facility Planners International and AIA/Vancouver have teamed up with two schools and their communities to organize two projects. One, the Jason Lee K-8 School in Portland, will host a second phase of their “Learning Garden” project, which includes the addition of berry, flower and herb, and native species gardens, along with benches, trees and a new pathway. (Sign up here to volunteer.) 8am Saturday, September 28, 2222 NE 92nd Avenue, Portland. The other, at Hough Elementary School in Vancouver, will undergo a first phase I of the Outdoor Classroom Project, including building new gravel pathways, benches, a stage and a teaching area, and planting bulbs. (Sign up here for this event.) 8am Saturday, September 28, 1900 Daniels Street, Vancouver. Free.