Edith Green Wendell Wyatt federal building (photo by Brian Libby)
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Lake Oswego Classic Houses & History Boat Tour
This two-hour non-stop guided cruise on Oswego Lake, a fundraiser for the Lake Oswego Preservation Society, features over 50 classic homes and historic sites. 9AM and 1PM Saturday, September 6. $75.
Landscapes and History: A Walk Through River View Cemetery
Nestled in the hillside just above the west end of the Sellwood Bridge lies one of Portland’s hidden treasures, River View Cemetery. Portland's contribution to the 19th century rural cemetery movement was so successful it helped bring about the development of public parks in Portland and elsewhere across the nation. This Architectural Heritage Center tour will visit the final resting places of the rich and famous of 19th century Portland, exploring obelisks, monuments and mausoleums, all set within one of the city's most picturesque landscapes. 1:30PM Saturday, September 6. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Modernism and Beyond: The Architecture of Downtown (south) Tour
Downtown Portland contains an abundance of post-World War II architecture by some of the leading architects and firms of their time, be it the mid-century works of Pietro Belluschi and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill or the postmodernism of Michael Graves. This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the southern portion of the central business district. Attendees will learn about the controversial and the award winners, the architects and firms that designed them, and the issues of the times that led to such dramatic changes to our built environment and skyline. 11AM Sunday, September 7. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Buckman Neighborhood Tour
Buckman is one of the city’s oldest Eastside neighborhoods with a variety of vernacular housing types beginning with late 19th century cottages through the building boom years of the early 20th century when the bungalow and four-square were popular citywide. In this Architectural Heritage Center tour, attendees will also see some early duplex and triplex houses that give Buckman a unique character as well as post-World War II multifamily housing. 1:30PM Sunday, September 7. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Mariner's Home and Pallay Building Tour
This Architectural Heritage Center tour and lecture explores two contributing structures to the New Chinatown/Japantown National Register Historic District. The Mariner’s Home and the Pallay Building sit on the same east-facing block between Davis and Everett on NW Third Avenue. The long vacant Mariner’s Home at 203-209 NW 3rd is currently being readapted as The Society Hotel. It was built in 1881 by a group of early Portland philanthropists as a refuge for British seamen; the building provided lodging, a reading room, and a chapel in hopes of steering sailors away from the bars, cribs, gambling and opium dens of Portland’s waterfront district. The long vacant Pallay Building annex, also known as Wong’s Laundry, at 219-227 NW Third is still at risk. The Wong’s Laundry Building is a typical Portland two-story masonry hotel with retail below, erected during the population boom following the Lewis and Clark Exposition. The tour features a lunch and lecture afterward. 9:30AM and 1:30PM Friday, September 12. $25.
Accessible Garden Tour
This tour, organized by Larry Cross of Serendipity Design, combines the latest in sustainable garden design with an emphasis on universal design (also known as barrier-free design, which focuses on accessibility for all). ncluded are gardens with a focus on plants that promote native bird and beneficial insect habitats to populate the gardens’ spaces; three gardens which include inventive waterfalls; gardens that include spaces for the public to enjoy in addition to privacy for the owners; one garden community comprised of 11 individual gardens on three lots; and one garden’s primary focus being unique hardscape design. 10AM Saturday, September 13. Free.
Modernism and Beyond: The Architecture of Downtown (north) Tour
This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the northern portion of downtown, featuring 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. Other stops include the work of modern masters Richard Sundeleaf, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca. We'll also look at three modern public plazas and try to figure out reasons for success or failure of those designs. 11AM Sunday, September 14. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Westmoreland Neighborhood Walking Tour
Westmoreland was the first of four subdivisions carved out of the Ladd Estate Company’s Crystal Springs Stock Farm in 1909. In contrast to nearby Sellwood, Westmoreland was promoted as a “modern” residential tract. On this Architectural Heritage Center tour, one can expect bungalows, four-squares and modest mid-century homes, but more intriguing may be those built by the Fred Meyer Company and one with labor union pension funds. 1:30PM Sunday, September 14. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Oregon BEST Fest
Now in its sixth year, Oregon BEST Fest convenes university researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and others to envision, build, and accelerate solutions to environmental challenges that deliver prosperity in all corners of Oregon through sustainable product design and cleantech entrepreneurship. The two-day, hands-on gathering in Portland, Oregon features a diverse program and dozens of speakers focused on collaborative research, development, and commercialization of clean technologies. Monday-Tuesday, September 15-16. $125 ($95 for college faculty, $65 for students).