BY BRIAN LIBBY
Pearl District Walking Tour
The Pearl District was practically deserted 25 years ago. On this Positively Portland Walking Tour, attendees will see how the district has been transformed into a dynamic walker-friendly neighborhood with contemporary and adaptive high rise housing, fine dining and world class entertainment. The Pearl District in Portland has become a model of high quality urban living and a must-see destination for visitors to our world-class city. Tour begins at AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 1PM Friday, February 17. $15.
Unrelated: Heidi Beebe and Doug Skidmore
Since founding their firm in 2007, former Allied Works architects Heidi Beebe and Doug Skidmore of Beebe Skidmore Architects have quietly built one of the city's most talented architecture firms. When they aren't lecturing at places like Harvard University and the Rhode Island School of Design, the duo have designed a range of award-winning commercial and residential projects in Oregon and Idaho, including the Swift advertising agency headquarters in Portland, which won the top-level Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects last year, and the Two Story Four Square house in Boise, which was featured in Dwell magazine. Speaking as part of the Portland State University School of Architecture's Fridays@4 series, Beebe and Skidmore will discuss these and other recent works like the Siskiyou House in Portland. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall Annex, SW Broadway at Hall Street. 4PM Friday, February 17. Free.
An Introduction to Portland House Styles
In this Architectural Heritage Center lecture, retired former University of Oregon and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Tom Hubka will help attendees make sense out of the architectural styles common to houses built in Portland over the past 150 years. Through photos and diagrams, Hubka will highlight the details to look for in styles ranging from early Greek Revival to the modern Ranch and everything in-between. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 11AM Saturday, February 18. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Eastmoreland Walking Tour
Before becoming one of Portland’s most desirable older neighborhoods, Eastmoreland was part of the extensive agricultural landholdings of the Ladd Estate Company. The Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905, the founding of Reed College in 1911, and the extension of the streetcar network into the eastside of Portland helped to kick-start residential building in Eastmoreland. From the first decade of the 20th century onward, this neighborhood has been a popular enclave for upper-middle class Portlanders. As attendees will learn on this Positively Portland Walking Tour, Eastmoreland features wooded boulevards, fine schools, parks, a golf course and easy access to Reed College. Architectural styles represented include a range of Arts and Crafts influenced high-style designs as well as a number of Period Revivals. Several of the top early 20th century architects in Portland designed homes in this affluent neighborhood. Currently, the neighborhood is pursuing designation as a National Register Historic District. Tour begins at corner of Reed College Place and Woodstock Boulevard. 1PM Saturday, February 18. $15.
Northwest Portland Sacred Spaces Tour
In the late 19th century, Northwest Portland was the most prestigious neighborhood in the city. Today, numerous well-preserved historic residences and apartment buildings contribute to the distinctive character of the community. Situated in close proximity in this high-density area are several worship spaces built during the Portland boom years of 1890 to 1930. On this Architectural Heritage Center tour, attendees will be able to go inside four unique sacred spaces and learn about the history and architecture of each: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cathedral, the former First Christian Science Church and Temple Beth-Israel. 1PM Sunday, February 19. $25 ($18 for AHC members).
Construction Site Tour – Japanese Garden Expansion
The Portland Japanese Garden is undergoing the biggest transformation in its history, with a new Cultural Crossing designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma (with an assist from local firm Hacker). This construction site tour, hosted by Hacker and Hoffman Construction, includes a hard-hatted look at the site, as well as a discussion that will touch upon coordination amongst international design team partners, coordinating Construction with specialty craftspersons, the pros and cons of specifying sole-source products, and achieving zero-tolerance details. Portland Japanese Garden, 611 Southwest Kingston Avenue. 1PM Wednesday, February 22. $10.
DoCoMoMo Oregon Modern Mixer
Join DoCoMoMo Oregon for this annual free event for members, new members, potential members, and modern design enthusiasts and advocates to meet the DoCo Board, play some trivia games, and learn about upcoming DoCoMoMo Oregon events and programming, advocacy, as well as how to get involved. Rontoms, 600 East Burnside Street. 5:30PM Thursday, February 23. Free.
Old Town/Chinatown Walking Tour
On this Positively Portland walking tour, attendees can discover the history and architecture of Portland's first commercial district, where over 100 years ago ocean-going ships delivered their passengers and goods in this thriving port city . The tour will also feature Old Town's "Blazing Center" which hasn't changed much since the days it was originally filled with brothels, bars and gambling houses, and survivors of the cast-iron era of architecture, as well as a look at Portland's Chinatown as well as restored landmarks like the US Custom House and the Society Hotel. Like many neighborhoods in Portland, this district is changing with the times and those changes involve the re-purposing of many underutilized buildings. Tour begins at AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 1PM Friday, February 24. $15.
Giancarlo Mazzanti: From the Factory to the Toy
Colombian architect Giancarlo Mazzanti is is well-known for his work in education and school design, particularly for his schools in marginalized neighborhoods of Colombia. As he will discuss in a lecture entitled "From the Factory to the Toy: Mechanisms for Triggering New Educational Behaviors,” Mazzanti’s most important works include the Pies Descalzos School in Cartagena, El Porvenir Kindergarten in Bogota, the Atanasio Giradot sports complex for the South American Games in Medellin and the Biblioteca Espana in Medellin. Mazzanti was recently recognized with the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in Paris, exhibited at the 2016 Venice Bienalle and selected for the New York MOMA permanent collection. He has taught at a quartet of Ivy League universities including Columbia, Harvard, Princeton and Penn. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 5:30PM Friday, February 24. Free.
Hidden History of Albina Tour
As part of Black History Month, local nonprofit Know Your City will be presenting a tour of the Albina area (once its own city) including its public art, historic buildings and green spaces. Alina, comprised of the Boise and Eliot neighborhoods in North Portland, is rich in diverse history and culture, serving as the historic heart of Portland’s African American community. Over the past few decades, dramatic changes have altered the face of the region, something which can go easily unnoticed to those who don’t know the history. Tour stops will include the only church in Portland where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, Vancouver Avenue Baptist Church; one of the few remaining black owned businesses on North Mississippi, Sons of Haiti Masonic Lodge; the historic headquarters of the Urban League of Portland, and remnants of Albina’s City Hall building. Tour begins at Little Big Burger, 3747 North Mississippi Avenue. 12PM Saturday, February 25. $15.
A designer and builder of tiny homes at Niche Consulting, Lisa Menard is a natural co-conspirator who has lived out her own questions around intentional living, less stuff, and happiness. As she'll explain in this Reed College lecture, she has resided in a travel trailer, yurt, backyard cottage, and three (and counting) tiny houses on wheels. Rooted through a background in sustainable design-build and urban planning, Menard also has a penchant for experiential learning and healthy communities. She has found her niche nestled among small spaces, collaborative education, and community planning. Reed College, Art Building, SE 36th Avenue & Woodstock Street. 9AM Tuesday, February 28. Free.