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val

Bravo! It just goes to show that indeed historic buildings can be saved and reused, while retaining historic character and utilizing modern - green building technologies. The question remains, are those developers and architects who in the past haven't valued our historic buildings - instead following a "demolish first" mantra - paying attention?

Frank Dufay

Walked by over lunch to pick up my tickets for West Side Story. Disappointed I couldn't go in yet, but the ticket office is open to the outside, through a barred window. Interesting...

I'm not ready to call "Bravo" yet; it's an awful lot of money for the theater to have spent; they're still in deep debt; the use of "depressed area" money in the Pearl seems a stretch; I don't know WHAT kind of gap this leaves for the Performing Arts Center.

I'll try to be hopeful. And I do love West Side Story...

Don Rouzie

The renovation looks impressive from the exterior - just waiting around for the opening to get inside. Agree that the 10th Avenue elevation was the original front door but, clearly, with the solid wood doors and the fanlight above this now reads as the back. I think several projects in the area are working hard toward pointing out 11th as more of a front door street. For me something about 11th Avenue feels more urban, more energized than 10th; perhaps it's that we travel on 11th toward the downtown core and take 10th out.

Carlo

One aspect of the Armory project troubles me: I can't find any indication on either the renderings or the building itself that they intend to install a marquee. If I'm right about that, it's a big mistake. The excitement of the theater, after all, ultimately comes from what's playing inside, not from the building.

I really can't think of any other theater anywhere that doesn't have some sort of marquee. With all the foot traffic in the Pearl, especially on weekends, Portland Center Stage is missing a huge opportunity to sell tickets if it doesn't have some way of letting passersby know what's going on on stage.

Kevin K.

I walk by the Armory all the time since I live nearby. I'm disappointed. I wonder who made the decision to paint it green? It looked so cool when it was a bold white. And I agree with the others that the true front of the building is on 10th Avenue. Oh well. Hope the investors get their return!

Juno888

I'm not ready to call "Bravo" yet; it's an awful lot of money for the theater to have spent; they're still in deep debt; the use of "depressed area" money in the Pearl seems a stretch; I don't know WHAT kind of gap this leaves for the Performing Arts Center.

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