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Cab

Ira Keller Fountain Park. Doesn't photo well, but its amazing plaza in person.

Eventually I think the Chinese Garden will be one and the Tram.

ccl

The Tualatin Mountains (the west hills) define the city both in planning and as a backdrop. The little sparks of residential light behind and rising above the tallest buildings in Portland and/or the Green wall with the St. Johns Bridge in the foreground. Within these hills lies Portland's most valuable treasures...Rose Garden, Washington Park, Forest Park, Forestry Center, Zoo, etc...

Chris Smith

I'll vote for the 'Go by Streetcar' sign in the Pearl, but I'm biased :-)

Ray

I think of the Pittock Manson. For geographical reference it's the forest covered lava domes of the eastside with Mt. Hood rising behind. And finally it's our plan for a human scaled city (200 by 200 downtown blocks, 40 Mile Loop, and the 2040 Concept).

What could be our one true icon will be the I5 Bridge(s), designed as the icon for our region through perfect symmetry and multi-functional for auto/freight/light-rail/foot/bike and spec'd for high speed rail.

We have to get that bridge right.

Ray

Kent

St. Johns bridge. Amazing how many times I see it in national commercials, especially car commercials. It's fabulously photogenic, but usually isn't identified with Portland.

My own personal icons would be the following:

1. When I was in college I would have said the Corno's Grocery Store where I shopped weekly. But that's long gone to my dismay. However it will live forever in that forgettable buddie thief movie with Burt Reynolds called "Breaking In"

2. The Benson Bubbler drinking fountains

3. The Hollywood Theater


4.

potestio

It is interesting how frequently transportaton infrastructure defines a place or city....The Golden Gate Bridge, LA's freeways, Seattle's ferries, for example. The St. Johns Bridge could be such an icon however its location (as a gateway on the river it is well placed) is distant from the city proper and it does not play a significant role in the movement patterns of the city. What would happen if the bridge (currently under restoration) were painted a bright, highly visible color that would allow it to stand out from the dark green of Forest Park? Further it could be dramatically up-lighted at night and lighting could be strung along the arching cables as with the Bay Bridge. With these two strategies executed, I believe Portlanders would take notice of the St.Johns bridge's beauty.

Valarie

The Made in Oregon sign. It feels like it could be from any of the past 6 decades.

pdxstreetcar

'Metropolitan Area Express', the Streetcar and the Transit Mall.

pdxstreetcar

Kennedy School

Chris

I thought one of the reasons Portland was building the tram was because the city lacked a postcard icon, like the Space Needle or the Transamerica Building or the Eiffel Tower or the Sunsphere. So I guess the correct answer is Portland will have to wait until the tram is completed until it gets its defining icon. Or we could settle for the Fremont Bridge and save taxpayers a ton of money.

eric

Without question the Nike World Campus is the finest architectural treasure Portland has. As a collection of buildings nothing comes close to the level of design that TVA Architects has created over the past decade. It has become the global standard for corporate design and is a model for high quality architecture and corporate branding.

tom

I agree,the Nike Campus is an architectural jewel created by one of Portlands most talented design firms TVA Architects. Robert Thompson has designed a sereies of buildings that has resulted in one of the most powerfull corporate work environments in the World and has put Nike on the map as a corporate leader and model for inspired design.

Brian Libby

Is it just me, or do those last two posts REALLY sound like they were written by a PR professional? I agree that the Nike campus is impressive, but I'm suspicious of "Tom" and "Eric" and their motives. Care to prove me wrong, guys?

William Gillis

The Baghdad.

36th and Hawthorne is the most Portland-y local in the city.

brandon

wouldn't it be great if a so called architectural jewel, the Nike campus, was in an urban environment that the community could enjoy while creating a vibrancy and a lack of dependencey on cars?

Sara Burton

I am Location Scouting for an upcoming Kevin Costner film to shoot here in Portland. Looking for residential modern architecture like Steven Erlich (spelling?) of Culver City, Ca or simular style. Hope to find the home on a little bit of land, but not necessary. Any address's or names, street names or "about" where so that I can drop a note with the homeowner and see if they might be interested would be greatly appreciated. The bigger the house the better. Portland isn't known for our modern style, so this is a tall order from the director...I'd like to show him what we do have here that might work. Anyone out there have any idea's? Please call if you have any leads 310 998 2793. Thanks!

Sara Burton

I am Location Scouting for an upcoming Kevin Costner film to shoot here in Portland. Looking for residential modern architecture like Steven Erlich (spelling?) of Culver City, Ca or simular style. Hope to find the home on a little bit of land, but not necessary. Any address's or names, street names or "about" where so that I can drop a note with the homeowner and see if they might be interested would be greatly appreciated. The bigger the house the better. Portland isn't known for our modern style, so this is a tall order from the director...I'd like to show him what we do have here that might work. Anyone out there have any idea's? Please call if you have any leads 310 998 2793. Thanks!

Sara Burton

Wrong Number 310 567 6503...

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