BY BRIAN LIBBY
AIA Historic Resources Committee
At this monthly meeting of the American Institute of Architects' Historic Resources Committee, local preservatin organization Restore Oregon (formerly the Historic Preservation League of Oregon) will present about its new effort to enact a state-wide historic tax credit. AIA/Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 12PM Wednesday, July 16. Free.
Boise Neighborhood and Mississippi Avenue walking tour
The dramatic redevelopment occurring along Mississippi Avenue today is merely the latest chapter in the remarkable and unique history of this neighborhood. From an electric streetcar line to racially discriminatory real estate redlining, this tour explores the cultural and economic changes that have shaped Boise's built environment. Tour-goers will see examples of late-19th century working-class homes built primarily by Scandinavian, German, and Polish immigrants, not to mention a forgotten dance hall that once housed a temple of the Nation of Islam. 6PM Thursday, July 17. $20 ($12 for AHC Members).
Unite—Designing the Future of Education
In this event hosted by Design Museum Portland, a panel of education experts will discuss how design can re-invigorate higher education and address its challenges. Panelists include Oregon Humanities executive director Adam Davis, Oregon Department of Education career-readiness director Kim Patterson, University of Oregon director of product design Kiersten Muenchinger, and Pacific NW College of Art board chair (and XPLANE CEO) Aric Wood. The Plant, 939 SE Alder Street. 6:30PM Thursday, July 17. $10 (free for DMP members).
Skidmore/Old Town Historic District tour
One of only two urban districts in Oregon designated as a National Historic Landmark, Skidmore/Old Town is where Portland really began as a rough-and-tumble frontier town that still inspires Shangai Tunnel tours today. As this Architectural Heritage Center walking tour will demonstrate, the district also boasts an exceptional collection of cast-iron commercial buildings. It makes one think what might have been had half of them not been torn down for parking lots in the 1950s and '60s. 10AM Saturday, July 19. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Wade Hampton Pipes, Architect
This Architectural Heritage Center lecture by historian Eric Wheeler traces the career of one of Portland's best-regarded residential architects of the early 20th century, Wade Pipes. A native Oregonian who studied in England, Pipes was part of a group of arts-and-crafts architects who in the 1910s and '20s made that style more prevalent than any other in Portland's neighborhoods. William Hawkins, author of Classic House of Portland: 1850-1950, calls Pipes "eccentric" but also the most popular of his day. "His houses are praised for their tailored English characteristics, their beautiful plans, their spare but effective use of materials, and their superb craftsmanship." Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand. 7PM Tuesday, July 22. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Karuna House Class + Tour
The Karuna House, located outside Newberg, Oregon and designed by Holst Architecture, is the first building in the world to achieve three of the world's most demanding energy efficiency certifications at once: LEED for Homes Platinum, Minergie-P-ECO, and Passive House. The home earned AIA Portland's 2030 Design Award last year and has reached Net Positive energy use: onsite solar panels power not only the home but, using the extra electricity, charge the owner's Tesla. Friday's class will begin with a primer on the Passive House approach tfrom Sam Hagerman, owner of Hammer & Hand (the building's general contractor) and inaugural president of the Passive House Alliance US. Holst Architecture partner Jeffrey Stuhr and associate Cory Hawbecker, Sustainability Coordinator at Holst, will then describe the design and construction of Karuna House, its multiple green building certifications, and how the home's high performance details dovetailed with the project's programmatic and aesthetic goals. Saturday's tour will build on this class material and offer the rare opportunity to view the Karuna House, guided by the project team. Sam, Jeffrey, Cory, and H&H project supervisor Scott Gunter will review the project onsite, diving deep into inspirations, assemblies, and lessons learned. Friday-Saturday, July 25-26. $40 for class & tour ($25 for just the tour).
Heritage Home Tour
This annual Architectural Heritage Center tour includes a variety of styles, from arts and crafts and prairie to Swiss chalet and midcentury ranch. The house in Portland Heights that transplanted Minneapolis architect designed for himself in 1920, for example, draws on both the prairie and arts & crafts movements that his . "Purcell had a masterful sense of balance, and all the elevations of this house reveal his inventive and unique sense of design," writes William Hawkins in his book Classic Houses of Portland: 1850-1950. The Bolina Jacobs-John T. Wilson House, dating to 1913, was designed for the widowed mother of of a local real estate developer and is appropriately, given its Swiss chalet style, nestled into a mountainside: Mt. Tabor. 10AM–4PM Saturday, July 26. $45 ($35 for AHC members).