BY BRIAN LIBBY
South Park Blocks Walking Tour
This eleven-block portion of the downtown area was first platted and donated to the City of Portland in 1852, transforming a fire break parcel into the most desirable residential area of its day, complete with schools, playgrounds, stately homes and places of worship. On this Architectural Heritage Center tour one can take a stroll through the groves of elms and recount some of the stories they would love to tell about the area’s history and architecture. The South Park Blocks stand alone as a place of revitalization, refreshment and cultural allure. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Tuesday, July 17. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Open Architecture Collaborative PDX Chapter Meeting
The nonprofit Open Architecture Collaborative strives to empower local communities in need by facilitating appropriate design solutions with lasting benefit and a sustainable mindset. This chapter meeting will provide an opportunity for new members to survey active projects and see where they can plug in. There will be design and construction opportunities, and the chapter is seeking nominations for director roles, specifically social media and project outreach director positions. Peter Meijer Architect, 605 NE 21st Avenue, Suite 200. 6PM Tuesday, July 17. Free.
SMPS Boards, Bags and Brews
The Society for Marketing Professional Services' summer event will be a celebration featuring beer, wine, food trucks and music. Additionally, there will be an official cornhole tournament with double elimination and awards and raffle prizes. All net-proceeds from the fundraiser and tournament will benefit the local non-profit Girls Build, an organization that helps young girls get inspired, curious and confident about a future in construction. Sellwood Park, 7900 SE Seventh Avenue. 4PM Thursday, July 19. $35.
Balancing Legal Risk in Contracts and Practice
From simple remodels to complex construction, design contract contains many complex provisions with potentially far-reaching consequences in the wrong situation. This seminar will prepare attendees to navigate the legal landmines and effectively mitigate risk. Learning objectives include key contract provisions; how to negotiate key contract provisions; and how to mitigate design liability to ensure one's project runs smoothly and profitably. Presenter Justin Monahan, an attorney with Otak, has advised property owners and architects in Oregon for several years on construction logistics, contracts, liability, and insurance. Presenter Jacob Zahniser, a construction law and litigation attorney with lawfirm Jordan Ramis PC, has represented a wide variety of construction industry clients ranging from contractors, suppliers, and insurance policy holders and assignees, to commercial property owners, landlords, and homeowners associations. AIA Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 5:30PM Thursday, July 19. Free.
Classical Downtown Portland tour
Downtown Portland contains an extensive collection of classically influenced buildings, many of which are clad with glazed terra cotta, a building material that was at its height of popularity in the early 20th century. On this Architectural Heritage Center tour, attendees will see the city’s first “skyscraper”, a bank that could have been a Greek temple, and learn about several architects from this period who left an indelible impression on Portland including A.E. Doyle, the firm of Whidden and Lewis, and the Reid Brothers from San Francisco. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 6PM Thursday, July 19. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Significant Changes to the 2018 IBC Code
Samir Mokashi, a principal at Code Unlimited, will be teaching this seminar identifying key differences between the 2015 and 2018 International Building Council codes, with a focus on regulations common to most building types and those that commonly misunderstood or misapplied. This is often due to lack of knowledge, subtle changes in the code language, or lack of clarity in the code language. No matter how it happens, the results can be devastating to the project and to the bottom line of the firm. This course will explain what changed, why it changed, how to apply these correctly in your future projects, and what is the significance of the change. In addition to explaining the technical background he will also talk about strategy in dealing with the local jurisdiction. AIA Portland Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 9AM Friday, July 20. $70 plus service charge ($50 plus service charge for AIA members, $30 plus service charge for Associate AIA members, $5 plus service charge for students).
Historic Irvington (North) Walking Tour
The entire Irvington neighborhood is on the National Register of Historic Places. This Positively Portland Walking Tour will have a look at some fine examples of early 20th century residences of the Craftsman and Period Revival styles. The tour will start at the cafe near the historic Irvington School (1932), then continue north for a look at the fine mid-century-modern Augustana Lutheran Church (1950) before heading east through the historic and architecturally diverse neighborhood. Tour begins at Foster & Dobbs Fine Foods, 2815 NE 15th Avenue. 10AM Saturday, July 21. $15.
Historic Homes Of The Alphabet District Tour (Part II)
This second installment of the Architectural Heritage Center Historic Alphabet District Homes tour explores another section of the area, where you’ll learn of its transformation from farmland to Portland's "Millionaire Row". Featured architectural styles include Italianate, Queen Anne, and Jacobean Revival. You’ll also learn about the nuanced differences in American Revival styles, and see one of Portland's rare Romanesque Revival homes, the famous Mackenzie House. Tour location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Saturday, July 21. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
In A Landscape: The Shire
The Shire is a private 75-acre waterfront site in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, directly across from Multnomah Falls. It is a carefully designed landscape with a sculpted lawn, a series of meadows, wetlands, vista points, river bays, and walking paths, which John Yeon created over a 25 year period. He purchased the property in 1965 to protect it from possible industrial development, and donated the property to the University after Yeon’s death in 1994. In A Landscape is a 70 minute classical music performance held at The Shire (although the musicians have not been listed), preceded by tours of the property led by former Yeon Center director Randy Gragg. The Shire, 28862 State Route 14, Washougal. 7:30PM Saturday, July 21. $50 plus service charge ($75 for "Donation Ticket" including headphones).
From Soda Pop To Swimwear: Sandy Boulevard Walking Tour
Sandy Boulevard has a long history of commercial and industrial architecture with styles ranging from brick utilitarian to Brutalism – all with a generous supply of streamline and zigzag moderne in between. This tour takes a closer look at a surprising section of the city; an area that hosts some of the city’s most notable businesses. You’ll also see firsthand how the automobile played a major role in the form and style of 20th century architecture. Tour begins at NE 14th Avenue and Couch Street. 10AM Tuesday, July 24. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Architects Without Borders: Update — School for Deaf Children
The July meeting of the Oregon chapter of Architects Without Borders features an updated presentation and progress report on the School For Deaf Children in Les Cayes, Haiti from the chapter's energetic team of volunteers. "As we are currently progressing through design development and structural reviews," explains volunteer Nathan Korol, "we'd like to share our revised scheme along with some marketing graphics to support project fundraising." AIA Center For Architecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 6PM Wednesday, July 25. Free.
Merchants and Markets: Historic Yamhill District Tour
Exploring the heart of Portland’s late-nineteenth century commercial district, this Architectural Heritage Center tour visits the Yamhill Historic District and nearby historic buildings of SW Second and Third Avenues. The route is packed with the names of prominent city pioneers who made their mark as merchants, developers and architects as well as providing some of the city’s finest examples of cast iron, Richardsonian Romanesque and Classical buildings. The tour also will visit the Willamette’s first bridge, the first public market, and the city's first Chinatown as we discuss how the district spearheaded the first preservation efforts for Portland’s downtown. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 6PM Thursday, July 26. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Sellwood Neighborhood Tour (Part I)
Come learn the “checkerboard history” of Sellwood. Before it became a part of the City of Portland in 1893, Sellwood was an independent, incorporated town. This Architectural Heritage Center tour takes attendees through a section of the original Sellwood tract, where one will see a variety of houses and commercial buildings, some dating back to the town’s earliest days. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Saturday, July 28. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Pearl District Walking Tour - A Century of Preservation and Change
Over the last 20 years, the Pearl District has been transformed from industrial enclave and rail yards into one of Portland’s most popular residential, cultural and retail districts. A century ago, the area went through a similar transformation, from a working class housing area at the edge of a marsh to the city’s biggest industrial and warehousing area. Many of Portland’s best known architects of the period designed buildings for important local and national companies. Most of these buildings remain, with their exteriors intact, and new uses inside. But as the pending demolition of the Pacific Northwest College of Art's Feldman Building (a renovated old warehouse) reminds us, the current wave of development could threaten more historic buildings. Tour meetup location revealed with ticket purchase. 10AM Tuesday, July 31. $20 ($12 for AHC members).