BY BRIAN LIBBY
Getting your house ready for the “Big One”
The Pacific Northwest and the Portland area are no strangers to the threat of impending earthquakes and this is made all-too-clear when an earthquake devastates some part of the world – whether near or far. Scott Burns, Professor of Geology at Portland State University, will explain the complex seismic fault lines that run through the Portland area and surroundings, and how buildings behave in an earthquake. Steve Gemmell, owner of Earthquake Tech, will describe the step-by-step procedure for bolting your house and other improvements that can help your house ride the big one. Mark Strauss, independent agent with Leonard Adams Insurance, will cover earthquake options for homeowners. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, March 1. $12 ($8 for AHC members).
A House of Stone for Dr. Mackenzie: The Legacy of McCaw, Martin, and White
Long acclaimed as a masterwork of architects Whidden and Lewis, the Dr. Kenneth A. J. and Cora Mackenzie residence - better known today as the William Temple House - was established in 2012 as the work of another firm, McCaw and Martin, and the National Register of Historic Places nomination was subsequently revised. Masters of the Richardsonian Romanesque, William F. McCaw and Richard H. Martin, Jr. are best known as architects of Portland’s Dekum Building, the Armory (now the Gerding Theater), the First Presbyterian Church, and the University of Portland’s West Hall. Presenter Ed Teague heads the Architecture and Allied Arts Library at the University of Oregon. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 1PM Saturday, March 1. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Richardson Comes West: Romanesque Architecture in Portland
Henry Hobson Richardson (1838–1886), the interpreter of the Romanesque style, practiced in Boston but influenced architects throughout the nation, including here in Portland in the late 19th Century. The Richardsonian Romanesque style, with its heavy rustic stonework, Roman arches, use of red brick, and unglazed terra cotta, was expressed in the Dekum Building, built in 1892 and designed by the firm of McCaw and Martin. Others include the Auditorium Building and the New Market Annex – all of these buildings denoted a dramatic change in the city’s preferred architectural style, while also demarcating how the heart of downtown was, by the late 1880s, quickly moving away from the waterfront. Leading the discussion will be Leland Roth, emeritus University of Oregon professor and author of several books including American Architecture: A History (2001). Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, March 8. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Designing Inside Istanbul's Streets
The final two lectures in a six-part series that portrays Istanbul and seek to learn from this ancient city, led by Alison Snyder, director of the interior architecture program and co-director of the product design program at the University of Oregon. Snyder will first present her own research in "Passing Through Istanbul." Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 296, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland. 12PM Wednesday, March 12. Free. Later that day, "Transforming Urbanism Through Istanbul’s Streets" will feature a discussion between faculty and invited professionals. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, UO in Portland, 70 NW Couch Street, 5th Floor. 4PM Wednesday, March 12. Free.