A.E. Doyle's US National Bank (Brian Libby)
BY BRIAN LIBBY
Interested in learning about a career in architecture, digital arts, or product design? For one week each summer, the University of Oregon's White Stag Block hosts the annual Design Camp, where attendees engage in thoughtful, creative conversations, design exercises, and field trips with professional architects and designers. Students interested in architecture, landscape architecture, digital arts, product design and urban design will not only have a chance to explore Portland's exciting design scene, but to model three-dimensional spaces of their own designs. University of Oregon, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch Street. 9AM Monday-Friday, July 18-22. $950 (scholarships are available).
Architecture Summer Immersion Program
Portland State University's School of Architecture offers those interested in architecture as a potential career and/or field of study the opportunity to explore the subject in this intensive four-week experience from July 18 through August 12. Open to those eighteen years of age or older with a high school degree, this program is ideal for anyone considering architecture as a major, has an undergraduate degree in another field and is thinking of applying to a Master of Architecture program, or would just like to learn the foundational skills of architecture and have a unique and enlightening experience. Portland State University, Shattuck Hall, Broadway and Hall Streets. 9AM Monday-Friday, July 18-August 12. $1,950.
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. Visitors on this Architectural Heritage Center tour 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 begins on SW Broadway at Pioneer Courthouse Square, above the fountain. 10AM Tuesday, July 19 and 6PM Wednesday, July 27. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Old Town Historic District Tour
The commercial district near the Skidmore Fountain and the oldest standing buildings in downtown comprise this tour of Portland’s only National Landmark Historic District. Visitors on this Architectural Heritage Center tour will see the work of Portland’s earliest architects, learning how cast iron played a central role in their designs and how the city developed so close to the river. Along the way, visitors will also learn about some beautiful but long-lost buildings while also seeing great examples of historic preservation. Tour begins at Waterfront Park's Japanese-American Historic Plaza, NW Naito Parkway and Couch Street. 6PM Wednesday, July 20. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Downtown Oregon City Walking Tour: The First Capital Of Oregon
Come and explore the downtown of Oregon's first incorporated city. On this Architectural Heritage Center walking tour you attendees will see buildings and landmarks along Main Street, including the historic Arch Bridge connecting Oregon City to West Linn, while also learning about the history of the city that was platted by Dr. John McLoughlin and was once the capital of the Oregon Territory and the end of the Oregon Trail. Tour begins outside the McLoughlin House, 713 Center Street. 6PM Wednesday, July 20. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
The South Park Blocks Walking Tour: A Cultural Mandate
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 begins outside the First Congregational Church, 1126 SW Park Avenue. 6PM Thursday, July 21. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Landscapes and History: A Walk Through River View Cemetery
Nestled in the hillside just above the west end of the Sellwood Bridge lies one of Portland’s hidden treasures, River View Cemetery. Portland's contribution to the 19th century rural cemetery movement was so successful it helped bring about the development of public parks in Portland and elsewhere across the nation. This Architectural Heritage Center tour will visit the final resting places of the rich and famous of 19th century Portland, exploring obelisks, monuments and mausoleums, all set within one of the city's most picturesque landscapes. Tour begins at upper cemetery office, 0300 SW Taylor's Ferry Road. 10AM Saturday, July 23. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
The Shire Tour
The UO John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape invites you to tour The Shire, John Yeon’s fabled 78-acre picturesque landscape in the Columbia River Gorge with a postcard view of Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River. Walk the paths Yeon groomed with captured views of the falls and learn about his and his family's century-long legacy protecting and enhancing the Columbia Gorge. No architect has influenced Oregon so broadly as John Yeon. A planner, conservationist, historic preservationist, art collector, and urban activist, as well as one of the state's most gifted architectural designers, Yeon was one of the progenitors of the Northwest Regional Style of architecture and stands among the region's most influential conservationists. 10AM and 1PM Sunday, July 23. $20-30.
Mt. Tabor Walking 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 begins near Caldera on SE 60th and Stark Street.11AM Sunday, July 24. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Pearl District Walking Tour - Preservation In the Midst of 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 meets at southeast corner of NW 10th Avenue and Johnson Street. 10AM Tuesday, July 26. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Shannon Stratton Lecture
Speaking as part of Pacific Northwest College of Art's Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies summer program, Shannon R. Stratton is the William and Mildred Lasdon Chief Curator at The Museum of Arts and Design. For 12 years she was the Director and Curator of Threewalls in Chicago, a contemporary art space that she co-founded in 2003. Threewalls founded the Hand-in-Glove Conference and later, co-founded the Common Field Network for grass roots arts initiatives as well as publishing PHONEBOOK, a guide to grass roots and alternative artist resources throughout the United States. Pacific Northwest College of Art, Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, Mediatheque, 511 NW Broadway. 6PM Tuesday, July 26. Free.
Ladd's Addition Tour
Enjoy a stroll through this leafy enclave of early 20th century homes, churches, and businesses, not to mention yours truly for the past 18 years. This National Register Historic District is Oregon’s oldest planned community and in 2009 the American Planning Association honored it as one of America’s Great Places. Easily identifiable on any map, the neighborhood, once comprising the property owned by former Portland mayor William Ladd, eschews a traditional street grid for a series of circles dotted with rose gardens. Ladd's Addition also boasts one of the largest tree canopies in the city, making it ideal for a summer walk. Tour begins on Ladd Circle outside Palio, 1996 SE Ladd Avenue. 6PM Thursday, July 28. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Modernism And Beyond Tour: The Architecture Of Downtown (North)
Downtown Portland contains an abundance of post-World War II architecture by some of the leading architects and firms of their time. This Architectural Heritage Center walking tour explores the northern portion of the central business district, with five buildings by Belluschi including his most famous of all, the Equitable (now called the Commonwealth) building from 1946, the nation's first office tower with an aluminum and glass curtain wall. Other stops include the work of noted architects and firms like Richard Sundeleaf; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and ZGF Architects. The tour will also focus on three modern public plazas and try to figure out reasons for success or failure of those designs. Tour begins at the northeast corner of SW 6th Avenue and Oak Street. 10AM Saturday, July 30. $20 ($12 for AHC members).