BY BRIAN LIBBY
Yamhill Historic District and Beyond
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 Architectural Heritage Center walking tour contains numerous historic 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. 6PM Thursday, June 19. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Hard Hat Tour: PNCA's Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
A behind-the-scenes hard-hat tour of PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, previoiusly known as the 511 Broadway building. You’ll learn more about this historic renovation of an early 20th-Century Beaux Arts by local architecture firm Allied Works into PNCA's new campus on Portland’s North Park Blocks. Pacific NW College of Art, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, 511 NW Broadway. June 20 (all-day event). Free (RSVP to email@example.com).
Hawthorne Boulevard Tour
Originally known as U Street and later as Asylum Avenue, today Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard (named for a doctor Hawthorne who headed an asylum on the now namesake street) borders several of Portland’s most popular neighborhoods. This Architectural Heritage Center tour will explore both commercial and residential neighborhoods near Hawthorne in what was once a premier streetcar suburb on the city’s east side. 10AM Saturday, June 21. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
50 Years of Wright in Oregon
The Gordon House near Silverton, Oregon, which is the only structure in the state designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the home's construction. In 2001 the house was moved from its original location along the banks of the Willamette River in suburban Charbonneau, where Wright designed it to frame views of the water and of Mt. Hood, to the grounds of the Oregon Garden. Birthday cake and refreshments will be served, with experts on the house serving as docents. Gordon House, at the Oregon Garden, 869 N Main Street, Silverton. 10AM-4PM Saturday, June 21. $5.
Modernism and Beyond Tour: The Architecture of Downtown
This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the northern portion of Downtown where you’ll look at Portland skyscrapers, from the oldest to the near-tallest and most recent. The fingerprints of iconic architect Pietro Belluschi are on five buildings on this tour, including perhaps his most famous of all: the Equitable Building. Other stops include the work of modern masters Richard Sundeleaf, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca. We'll also look at three modernist public plazas and try to figure out reasons for success or failure of those designs. 11AM Sunday, June 22. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Architects Without Borders: U of O Thesis Presentations
The Oregon chapter of Architects Without Borders has invited selected 2014 graduates from the University of Oregon’s architecture program to present their thesis projects at AWB’s June 25th general meeting. Projects were chosen based on quality, and relevance to AWB’s mission of providing design and planning services to communities in need. One project envisions a new Lebanese city based on agroforestry, benefitting both a large Syrian refugee population and the host community. Another outlines a “tsunami rehabilitation village” aimed at helping fishermen and their families now living in informal settlements in a slum area of Chennai, India. Architects Without Borders-Oregon, AIA Center for Architecture, 403 NW 11th Ave. (Enter on NW Flanders.) 6PM, Wednesday, June 25. Free.
Skidmore – Old Town Historic District Tour
Learn about some of the oldest buildings in the city and the people who built them in this Architectural Heritage Center tour of Portland’s only National Historic Landmark District. The area also contains the highest concentration of cast-iron fronted buildings on the west coast and much of that iron was even produced locally. 6PM Thursday, June 26. $20 ($12 for AHC members).