BY BRIAN LIBBY
Garthwick Neighborhood Tour
Located just south of Sellwood and north of the Waverly Country Club, this hidden residential neighborhood provided a great outdoor laboratory for architects and builders working in the most popular residential styles of the 20th century. This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores one of Southeast Portland's lesser-known historic neighborhoods. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 6PM Thursday, August 2. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Portland Vernacular - 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. 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, August 4. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Allies for Efficiency: SAIF Salem Campus Presentation and Building Tour
As part of the Allies for Efficiency series from the Energy Trust of Oregon, this tour of the newly constructed SAIF headquarters in Salem includes presentations from the design team, Ankrom Moisan Architects. The team enrolled in Energy Trust of Oregon’s Path to Net Zero and engaged the New Buildings program early in the design process to help reach its energy goals. The campus headquarters building was stripped to its bones and transformed with new additions to create a modern workplace that puts all employees in one location, encourages cross-department teamwork, and accommodates anticipated future growth. The new headquarters will reflect this company’s vision to be a responsible, forward-thinking and collaborative organization. The building features a high-efficiency envelope with windows and insulation that exceed code, as well as LED lighting, regenerative elevators, mechanical systems with chilled beams, condensing boilers and a multi-compressor chiller, and direct outside-air ventilation. The park-like Salem campus along Pringle Creek includes a large parking structure and adjacent Parkway Building, which is also undergoing energy and seismic upgrades. SAIF Building, 400 High Street SE, Salem. 9AM Tuesday, August 7. Free.
Downtown Portland's North End Tour
This Architectural Heritage Center tour explores the abundant architectural and cultural history in the downtown neighborhood wedged between Old Town and the Pearl District. Along the way attendees will see 19th century gems like the Mariner’s Home building, which has recently been rehabilitated and turned into the Society Hotel. One will also learn how the area became New Chinatown, and later Japantown, while seeing landmark buildings like Union Station, the US Custom House, and a historic fire station. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Tuesday, August 7. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Street Seats Grand Opening & Finalist Announcement
Street Seats is an international design challenge from Design Museum Portland which will culminate in an outdoor design exhibition and walking tour around the World Trade Center Portland plaza. Creatives from 24 countries and 22 US states participated by designing sustainable outdoor sidewalk furniture with a focus on reuse, using environmentally-friendly materials and innovative construction methods. The Street Seats grand opening and finalist announcement is the culmination of ideation, creative problem-solving, and teamwork from designers around the globe. A jury of design and arts and leaders and urban innovators selected the top 15 designs to be fabricated and installed around the World Trade Center Portland and the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. These benches represent the reach of impactful design, from the far corners of the globe to our talented local design community. World Trade Center, 121 SW Salmon Street. 5PM Thursday, August 9 (rescheduled from Saturday, August 4). Free.
Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Tour
This Architectural Heritage Center tour rambles through a stunning neighborhood on the west side of Mt. Tabor Park. From the former Baseline Road (now Stark Street), attendees will meander past numerous fine residences, as well as a school, church, and hospital. This area retains much of the freshness and beautiful views today that made it a popular place to build beginning in the 1880s and continuing well into the 20th century. Tour meetup location to be announced. 6PM Thursday, August 9. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Masters of Modernism Tour
The names Pietro Belluschi; Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; Richard Sundeleaf and Zimmer Gunsul Frasca, are synonymous with Portland’s growth in the years since the end of World War II. Their modernist designs dominated new construction in downtown and forever changed the Portland skyline. This Architectural Heritage Center tour examines the work and legacy of these masters of Portland’s modernist architectural heritage. Along the way attendees will see what many call Portland’s first skyscraper as well as banks, office towers, public plazas, and hotels, along with Belluschi’s most important Portland building and a few more recent additions to the city’s skyline. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Saturday, August 11. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Alameda Neighborhood Tour
This Architectural Heritage Center tour offers an enjoyable stroll back through time to examine the events, forces and players that shaped this northeast Portland neighborhood. The walk will trace a portion of the old Broadway streetcar line as it highlights Alameda’s prolific homebuilders and architectural styles. The stories attendees hear will help to better understand the layers of history that give Alameda such distinction. Alameda Street also was made famous by the Elliott Smith song "Alameda," in which he sings, "You walk down Alameda looking at the cracks in the sidewalk/Thinking about your friends/How you maintain all them in a constant state of suspense." Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Saturday, August 11. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Historic Ladd's Addition Walking Tour
The historic Ladd's Addition neighborhood is known for its "X in a box" street grid and fabulous Arts and Crafts houses. This is Portland's first Historic Conservation District and in many ways represents the Portland standard for a pedestrian and bike-friendly neighborhood with tree-lined streets, parks, churches and a neighborhood school. Within easy walking distance are some of Southeast Portland's most popular shops, restaurants and brew pubs. This easy-paced Positively Portland walking tour will highlight the well-preserved fabric of historic buildings that make this neighborhood one of the most livable in Portland. Tour begins at Palio Dessert and Coffee House, 1996 SE Ladd Avenue. 10AM Saturday, August 11. $15.
Montavilla neighborhood tour
A former monastery, 19th century farmhouses, Arts & Crafts Bungalows, and a vibrant streetcar era commercial district with a restored Streamline Moderne theater? It’s all in Montavilla. On this Architectural Heritage Center tour, one can take a walk through this historic streetcar neighborhood nestled below the east slope of Mt. Tabor while learning about its development and some of the one-time residents and architects behind the buildings. Tour meetup location to be announced. 10AM Tuesday, August 14. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Riverplace Parcel 3 Construction Tour
Presented by the Emerging Professionals Committee of the American Institute of Architects' Portland chapter, this tour features Riverplace Parcel 3, a two-block parcel located in the Riverplace District in downtown Portland. The first phase, known as the West Building, is currently under construction and will be a 13 story, affordable housing project consisting of 203 units. The project broke ground in January 2018 and is scheduled to complete in July 2019. Observe the early stages of construction (Completed mass excavation, structural piling activities and see progress on the foundation system/ pile cap installation). Led by members of Ankrom Moisan, the project's architect of record, the tour will focus on the design and overall goals of the project including its expected Gold-level certification from the US Green Building Council's LEED for Homes rating system. Riverplace Parcel 3, 2095 SW River Parkway. 3:30PM Tuesday, August 14. $10 (plus service charge).