BY BRIAN LIBBY
Historic Irvington walking tour
Irvington started out as a streetcar suburb in the 1890s and by the 1920s had become one of the most prestigious residential neighborhoods in Portland. The Irvington National Register District includes over 2500 houses, most of them are considered contributing to the historic character of the district. On this Positively Portland Walking Tour, attendees will see only a rather small portion of the neighborhood, but included in the tour are some of the finest examples of Colonial Revival and high style Arts and Crafts residences in the city. Tour begins at Peet's Coffe and Tea 1414 NE Broadway. 10AM Friday, September 1. $15.
Historic Linnton walking tour
Like many communities situated on the Willamette or Columbia River in the mid-1800s, the founders of Linnton had visions of grandeur, hoping to be the next San Francisco of the Northwest. By the 1890s, Linnton was a lumber-era industrial site with a growing Main Street featuring a typical mix of service and retail businesses. Annexed into Portland in 1915, little remains of historic downtown Linnton because of highway widening in the 1960s. However, there remains a small hamlet of residences and a few buildings dating from the early 20th century. This Positively Portland walking tour will include a short (but steep) walk up to look at some of the homes and enjoy a good view or two of the Willamette river to the east. Tour begins at Decoy restaurant, 10710 NW Saint Helens Road. 6PM Friday, September 1. $10.
The Houses Of Eastmoreland tour
The Eastmoreland neighborhood is known throughout Portland for its undulating pattern of dense, tree-lined streets and landscaped yards. Once farmland, the housing in Eastmoreland was largely constructed between 1925 and 1940. Along this Architectural Heritage Center walking tour, attendees will see not only fantastic architect-designed houses in period revival styles, but also their popular, non-architect-designed counterparts. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Saturday, September 2. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Historic Kenton walking tour
Located just south of the Columbia River in North Portland, Kenton was a remote farming community until the streetcar and the meat-packing industry transformed this rural hamlet into a classic early 20th century company town. For several decades, Kenton was the Pacific Northwest headquarters of the Swift Meat Packing company with an enormous stockyard and adjacent packing plants. As attendees on this Positively Portland walking tour will see, the residential and commercial buildings still reflect the stratification of a working class neighborhood. We'll start our walk at the iconic Paul Bunyan statue, the best remaining evidence of the 1959 Oregon Centennial celebration. The tour includes a look inside the fully restored and very active Kenton Masonic Lodge. Tour begins at Paul Bunyan statue, North Denver and North Interstate Avenue. 11AM Saturday, September 2. $15.
Hunter Noack – In a Landscape
Pianist Hunter Noack will performs live on a Steinway concert grand at The Shire, a private 75-acre waterfront site in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, directly across from Multnomah Falls. The event is part of the In A Landscape series, comprised of 13 live concerts in some of the most spectacular landscapes across Oregon and Southern Washington, from Astoria Column to the Alvord Desert, Crater Lake to Baker City and Pendleton. Noack will be joined by violinist Nicholas Crosa, cellist Pansy Chang, singer Katie Harman Ebner (Miss America 2002), Pink Martini band leader Thomas M. Lauderdale, and members of Portland Chamber Orchestra, Rogue Valley Symphony, Eugene Symphony, Sunriver Music Fetival Young Artists Program, and Hood River String Quartet. The Shire was designed by Portland architect John Yeon. The Shire, Washington State Route 14 near Washougal. 6:30PM Saturday, September 2. $50.
Beaux Arts Portland tour
This downtown Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the influence of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris on Portland architecture of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Attendees will learn how American architects, including some from Portland, attended the school and started a trend in the U.S. emphasizing classical Greek and Roman designs, elaborate ornament, and heavy masonry – all used in a very formal manner. Stops on this tour include several of Portland’s most recognizable historic buildings and preservation success stories. Tour begins at SW Park and Madison. 10AM Tuesday, September 5. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Connect With a Leader: Karina Ruiz, DOWA-IBI Group
As part of the Connect With a Leader series from the American Institute of Architects' Portland chapter's Fellows Committee and the Forum for Women in Architecture and Design (ForWARD), an opportunity to meet with leaders in the architectural and related design industries, comes this talk by Karina Ruiz, a senior principal at the combined Dull Olson Weekes-IBI Group Architects. Ruiz leads the combined firms' global practice, IBI Learning+. She has over 20 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of educational facilities and believes fervently in the importance of this work to shape the future of this world.With several LEED registered and certified projects to her credit, Ruiz also brings a deep knowledge of sustainable design that goes well beyond environmental consciousness to include issues of social justice and community building. She has managed over $800M of public, educational architectural projects that have earned numerous local, regional and national design awards, including two James D. MacConnell Awards. DOWA-IBI Group, 907 SW Stark Street. 12PM Thursday, September 7. $19.98 ($16.82 for AIA members and students).
Learning & Libations: Connected BIM for Construction
In this Construction Specifications Institute event, Joseph Whitney of the survey and construction supply company PPI Group will answer questions on how to continue leveraging BIM (Building Information Modeling) from design phase into the construction phase. BIM is not a piece of software but rather workflows and concepts put into practice so that the most complete up to date information is present in the model. It’s more than the idea of 3D geometry but the data behind that geometry. Whitney will explore the tools and functionality that BIM can provide before, during, and after construction. One can leverage data-rich models during preconstruction, execution, and handover for valuable insights, fabrication and installation, clash detection, through facilities management. The discussion will explore current Autodesk tools for extending BIM beyond design as well as peek into what the future of these tools will mean for connected BIM. Walsh Construction, 2905 SW First Avenue. 5:30PM Thursday, September 7. $10 ($5 for students).
NCIDQ Roundtable & Practice Test
NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) certification is the interior design profession’s recognized indicator of proficiency in interior design principles and a designer’s commitment to the profession. But the NCIDQ exam has changed. The IDPX portion of the exam is now digital. This event hosted by IIDA Oregon will double as an informative presentation about all sections of the exam and will give attendees the opportunity to take a practice test of the new digital portion of the exam, PRACTICUM 2.0. Lite snacks and beverages will be provided. GBD Architects, 1120 NW Couch Street, Suite 300. 5:30PM Thursday, September 7. $22.09 (free for IIDA members, $16.82 for student non-members).
America's Last Great Highway
In this Architectural Heritage Center lecture, historian Robert W. Hadlow, Ph.D. will discuss the construction of the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway, the first scenic highway in the United States. Hadlow will chronicle the highway's construction from 1913 to 1922 and its decline, in the 1950s and 1960s, when the nearby Interstate 84 opened, and its rebirth since the late 1990s. Known as the “King of Roads,” the highway was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 and a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Hadlow will also discuss current work on the highway including the rehabilitation of abandoned road segments in Hood River County, which are to become parts of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, September 9. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Walking tour: Portland Vernacular - The Buckman Neighborhood
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. You’ll even see some early duplex and triplex houses that give Buckman a unique character as well as post-World War II multi-unit housing. Tour begins at SE 14th Avenue and Alder Street, behind Washington High School. 10AM Saturday, September 9. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
The Portland Building: Renovating a Landmark
The Portland Public Services Building, designed by Michael Graves and completed in 1982 as administrative offices for the City of Portland, was the first major building in the United States in a postmodern style. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011, 21 years before reaching the 50-year mark, the standard for being considered historic, it currently faces problems with its structure, exterior, and operational systems. To protect and preserve this major public investment, the City of Portland has initiated a $195 million project to reconstruct the Portland Building by the end of 2020. Designed by DLR Group, the renovated building is intended to last 50-100 years, providing a productive work environment for employees and a welcoming space for community members. In this talk hosted by the Construction Specifications Institute, members of the Portland Building project team will present a design update on the project with a special focus on the complexity of the exterior enclosure design. The team will discuss how the exterior design solution responds to the building’s status as an important Landmark while solving the technical deficiencies that have plagued the building since its construction. Elephant's on Corbett, 5221 SW Corbett Avenue. 5:30PM Tuesday, September 12. $50 ($40 if tickets purchased by September 8, $30 for CSI members if purchased by September 8, $40 for CSI members if purchased September 8 or afterward, $10 for students).