BY BRIAN LIBBY
Heritage Barn Workshop
Have you ever wondered what steps you need to take to restore a historic barn? Or how to fund a rehabilitation? Restore Oregon's 2016 Heritage Barn Workshop will feature speakers, hands-on training, and sessions on barn condition assessment and stabilization. Over the course of the day there will be a demonstration on how to craft a mortise and tenon joint using historic methods by workshop sponsor New Energy Works. Barn owners, historic preservationists, and the general public are invited with no previous knowledge needed to participate. Champoeg Park, 8239 Champoeg Road NE, outside St Paul. 9AM Saturday, October 1. $35-45.
Downtown Milwaukie walking tour
With many buildings dating from the early to mid-20th century and beginnings as a shipping port, Portland's oldest suburb, Milwaukie, offers an interesting variety of architecture, including the 1930s early-modern City Hall, for this Architectural Heritage Center tour. Tour begins outside Milwaukie City Hall, 10722 SE Main Street. 10AM Saturday, October 1. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Mid-Town And The West End: Icons, Hidden Gems And Historic Preservation
This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores downtown between the South Park Blocks and I-405, an area filled with iconic buildings such as the Portland Art Museum as well as numerous lesser-known architectural gems. Attendees will encounter historic apartment houses, storefronts, cultural and religious buildings, and the remnants of what was once a thriving residential area, while also gaining an understanding of the impacts of development on historic preservation efforts. Tour begins on north side of the Central Library, on SW Yamhill Street between 10th and 11th Avenues. 11AM Sunday, October 2. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
The Art of Architecture: Homes By Brent Keys
The Modern Architecture + Design Society, the Austin-based company that stages the annual Portland Modern Home Tour, is producing this one-day, pop-up tour at a home designed and built by Homes By Brent Keys, whose houses have been part of two past home tours. Portland's J. Pepin Gallery will stock the home with artwork, and Keys will be on hand to discuss modern home design and theory as well as the strategies used to blend contemporary and classic design. 85 NE Highland Street. 2PM Sunday, October 2. Free (RSVP required).
Modernism In Your Backyard: Reed College
After World War II, Portland's Reed College saw a major spike in enrollment, which led to increased demand for new modern residences, classrooms and student support functions, some of them by the great Pietro Belluschi, complementing its largely Georgian-style campus created by noted local architect AE Doyle. In this DoCoMoMo Oregon event, architect and historic preservation specialist Paul Falsetto, project coordinator for the Reed College Heritage Master Plan, will lead a lecture about Reed's history, modern-era campus development, and the creation of the Heritage Master Plan. Following the lecture, Eric Wheeler of Positively Portland Walking Tours and Paul Edison-Lahm will lead a campus walking tour that showcases the campus's collection of modern era resources and illustrates this important phase of Reed College's evolution. Reed College, Prexy Building, near corner of SE 28th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard. 10AM Saturday, October 8. $30 ($25 for DoCoMoMo members, $15 for students).
1320 Broadway tour
For over 60 years, Portland's daily newspaper, The Oregonian, was headquartered in a circa-1948 building by the city's most acclaimed architect, Pietro Belluschi. But in 2015 the paper moved out and the building was purchased by developer Urban Renaissance Group, which then hired the city's most acclaimed local firm of today, Allied Works, to complete a renovation. For this Women's Architectural League event, Pietro Belluschi's son, acclaimed architect Anthony Belluschi, will speak about the project, as will Travis Drilling of URG and longtime Oregonian photographer Randy Rasmussen, before a self-guided tour. 1320 SW Broadway. 10AM Tuesday, October 11. Free (RSVP required).
Bright Lights: An Evening with Douglas Macy
No landscape architect has touched more of Portland’s downtown park system than Douglas Macy. A key member of the legendary team that shaped Pioneer Courthouse Square, Macy and his firm (Walker Macy) went on to design many of the central city’s most dynamic and cherished places, from the cherry-tree postcard shot of Waterfront Park to the busy Portland State University Urban Center. In conversation with journalist and John Yeon Center director Randy Gragg as part of the Bright Lights discussion series, Macy will reflect on 40 years of practice and offer a candid view of where our downtown parks might go next. Portland Art Museum, Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park Avenue. 6PM Tuesday, October 11. $10-30 sliding scale to benefit UO John Yeon Center's graduate studio fund (free for students).
Innovation Seminar - Green Building and Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Explore international green building and energy effieciency design at this Innovation Seminar hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce at Portland State University's School of Architecture. The seminar will feature a keynote by renowned professor Thomas Auer from the Technical University of Munich and accompanying talks by several German innovative companies, researchers, and industry experts. Auer's research focuses on energy and how it influences the built environment. He is an expert in the field of climate responsive building design, which aims to optimize energy performance and environmental quality while taking into consideration local specifics such as climate and the influence of building form and material. Shattuck Hall Annex, Room 120, 1914 SW Park Avenue. 4PM Friday, October 14. Free.
Portland Heights tour
This Architectural Heritage Center walking tour explores Portland Heights, a mostly residential southwest Portland neighborhood with Vista Avenue running through its center. It was once a very difficult area to build in, or even get to, before it became a popular residential district, as transportation options increased in Portland during the late 19th century. Today the mixture of homes, ranging in style from Colonial Revival to Art Deco, is a veritable “who’s who” of Portland architects and their masterworks including homes designed by the likes of A.E. Doyle, Emil Schacht, Edgar Lazarus, and Morris Whitehouse. Tour begins on SW Spring Street west of Vista Avenue, beside Ainsworth Elementary. 10AM Saturday, October 15. $20 ($12 for AHC members).