BY BRIAN LIBBY
AIA Historic Resource Committee
Surround Architects and Naito Properties will make a presentation about the Grove Hotel Redevelopment at Fourth and Burnside, for which the team was chosen by the Portland Development Commission. AIA Center for Archtiecture, 403 NW 11th Avenue. 12PM Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Free.
Portland Interior Designer Spotlight
Yours truly is the host for a new bi-monthly talk series in partnership with Ceilume featuring some of the city's most acclaimed interior designers. First up is Andee Hess, whose firm, Osmose Design, has been responsible for a host of Portland restaurants, residences and retail outlets for clients like Ava Gene's, Salt & Straw, and Stumptown Coffee. Hess, who got her start for award-winning Portland firm Skylab on projects like Doug Fir, will discuss her collaborative approach and look ahead to a few upcoming works. Ceilume Ceiling Showroom, 1225 SE Grand Avenue. 6PM Thursday, March 19. Free.
The Apartment Building in Portland, 1900–1930
In 1904, the category “apartment houses” first appeared in the Portland City Directory. While only four buildings were listed, the new term signified the emergence of a new building type, one that differed from the boarding houses, hotels, and other multi-dwelling units of the time. Within a few years, Portland’s explosive growth pushed this new form of housing to be an integral part of the city’s urban landscape. By 1910, 90 apartment houses were advertised in the directory, and by 1930 there were 750. Even so, the rise of the apartment building remains a less studied part of Portland’s architectural history. This presentation by Ed Teague is an introduction to the history of Portland’s apartment buildings from the early 20th century to the Depression Era. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 10AM Saturday, March 21. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
Wells Fargo Center Tour
The Oregon chapter of DoCoMoMO presents walking tour of downtown Portland's Wells Fargo Center, designed by Charles Luckman & Associates and completed in 1972, the Center exemplifies corporate architecture from the late mid-century era. Wells Fargo Center, 1300 SW 5th Avenue. 4:30PM Thursday, March 26. $15 ($10 for DoCoMoMo members).
A Bicycle Tour of Portland’s Fraternal Lodges
Several historic fraternal lodge buildings will be visited on this bicycle tour led by Architectural Heritage Center Education Committee member Steve Dotterrer. Lodge buildings such as Prince Hall and the Billy Webb Elks Lodge will be included, as well as several neighborhoods. 1PM Saturday, March 28. $20 ($12 for AHC members).
"Making Space/5 Women Changing the Face of Architecture"
Design Museum Portland presents a screening of this Ultan Guilfoyle film, which chronicles the progress of women in architecture by profiling five female practitioners: New York's Annabelle Selldorf, Marianne McKenna of Toronto, Seattle and London-based Kathryn Gustafson, London's Farshid Moussavi, and Paris-based Odile Decq. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 2PM Sunday, March 29. $10 (free for DMP members).
Strength, Utility, and Beauty: Architectural Metals in the Gilded Age and Beyond
In the 1850s, architects and builders in Portland began employing architectural elements made from a variety of metals. This lecture takes a look at the use of metals in architecture from the so-called “Grand Era” of cast-iron architecture well into the 20th century. What might appear to be stone, plaster, or carved wood is often made from cast-iron, zinc, tin, or copper—all metals that, along with others, were commonly used as decorative or structural elements in new construction in Portland from the 1850s through to the present day. In this Architectural Heritage Center lecture, a companion to the AHC exhibit "Strength, Utility, and Beauty: Architectural Metals in the Gilded Age," Eric Wheeler examines the metal architectural elements most commonly found on Portland’s historic buildings. Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue. 7PM Tuesday, March 31. $20 ($12 for AHC members).