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I posted some stills from the demo on my blog at: http://www.bradcarlile.com/blog/?p=67


I doubt anyone will take offense at you pitching your film, especially when the footage may serve to document the idiocy inherent in demolition of the Rosefriend Apartment Building. It's somewhat stunning to realize just how easily concern for fundamental values inherent to the world we live, can be overwhelmed by the cheap thrill of a building coming down. Well, in the not so long run, maybe it won't be thought of as so cheap after all.

The difference between the two words, 'destruction' and 'demolition', is definitely important where the Rosefriend is concerned. 'Destruction' seems more the outcome of anger. The fate of the structurally obsolete but aesthetically distinguished Rosefriend Apartments and a part of accompanying basic essentials of life outdoors in Downtown Portland, wasn't brought on by anger, so much as it was by indifference and ignorance. Simple,or maybe more correctly, simple-minded demolition.

Just think....a 100 years from now, another person may make a similar film documenting the destruction of the now rising Ladd Tower.


Thanks for the posting. I lived in that beautiful building when I first moved to Portland. Best home by far. I might've still be living there had it not been demolished. Too bad it's gone.


I'm torn a bit. What kind of city could ever be built if we preserved everything that had ever been built? I'm not sure.

With the new building going up won't Portland be better for it? With many more families able to live in the cultural district, the core of the city - Portland's better for that I think.

The losses I lament are the ones which make way for nothing better; thankfully those are few and far between in this city.


I went down to check out the Ladd Carriage House move and saw them demo some of the Rosefriend. Pretty sad.

As for the comment before me, we don't need to "preserve everything that had ever been built". But there is no need to take down completely function and (although subjective) beautiful buildings. If it had to be done, at least deconstruct it. It made me sick seeing all that nice interior wood and other building materials just destroyed.

Brian Libby

My understanding was that a lot of the materials were going to be salvaged. Does anybody know what the status is?


On the historic building front, there's another threat: to the old Auto Rest building on Southwest 10th Avenue, former home to Bee Tailors, which the Goodman family wants to demolish so it can build an office building. (See. 2/29 Business Journal).

Fortunately, preservationists stopped another threat when TriMet abandoned plans to raze the Figo House on Southwest Jackson Street, following the exposure of its secret plans to do so and a public outcry.

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Yeah, i agree. the "destruction" has a more negative thought than "demolition". I watched your five-minute film and it is so great.


stu goldhawk

Nearly all of the materials will be salvaged from this demolition


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