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I am a little disappointed by the color of the brick at the 937. The renderings give the impression that it is white or at least a very light color; it seems much more beige or mid toned in real life. While this is probably a better choice for maintenance purposes, I think it loses some of the contrast that the renderings portrayed.


Perhaps you should dedicate a post to building footprints. One of the things I find most disturbing about a lot of new development is the one building/one block kind of development. I think it really hurts the scale and texture of the street to essentially have four street faces occupied by a single building. I understand the economy of scale, but I much prefer these narrower buildings and multiple facades. It's one of the things that makes Tokyo such a vibrant feeling city in spite of the fact that much of the architecture there is mediocre.

Brian Libby

Aneeda, I agree completely. I really wish there weren't nearly as many contemporary buildings in Portland that occupy entire blocks. The Pearl and SoWa would be so much better architecturally if there were a higher quantity of smaller buildings. But as you say, economies of scale and other factors mean they're here. It's no coincidence that two of the three buildings I mentioned liking, 937 and the Casey, are smaller. I think the Metropolitan is very nice in spite of its whole-block size.


everyday i am liking 937 more and more and more.


Thanks for the review of the Metropolitan, I haven't heard much about the interiors. Also, great pic with the Mini in the foreground!
I agree that these latest building are much better than earlier Pearl projects - far more interesting and eye-catching. I hadn't given much thought to 937, but recently have caught glimpses of it from 10th & Burnside - it adds so much interest to the Pearl. The Casey is also nice, in part because of the scale, and because it is different from anything else in the area.
Among the "older" buildings, I've always really liked The Gregory - the art deco elements are a nice nod to to the fact the Pearl is in fact an old area of the city, and there is a lot of drama in the design. Too bad about those tiny balconies, though.


I'm on "wait and see" mode for the 937. I agree with the earlier comment regarding the brick – it's really a bland, generic shade of beige. I'm hoping that it doesn't turn out just to be a brick box with a few frills for lipstick.

Paul Uttinger

I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Reddick this week while he and John Fregonese were in Tulsa to make a presentation to the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the AIA.

Gary showed many photos of recent development in the Pearl District, including The Metropolitan. He emphasized the interweaving of old and new, large and small buildings to create what he described as a beautiful urban plaid fabric. As an occasional visitor in Portland, I agree with Gary. For me, it's refreshing to see the mixture of scale in the Pearl District with entire block parks interspersed amongst buildings of varying sizes.

The typical block in downtown Tulsa is more than twice the size of the typical Portland block, so I'm accustomed to seeing truly monstrous towers here. Even the largest buildings in Portland seem rather small-scaled by comparison.

I think the rendering of 937 looks interesting, but its surroundings appear rather bleak with large, treeless spaces between the buildings. I'm guessing that 937 will have a glowing appearance at night, with the white (or cream-colored) brickwork becoming a dark grid between the light windows.

This is an outsider's perspective: Give these lastest Pearl District condos some time. Exterior appearance is important, but the most crucial aspect of all of these buildings is that they are primarily RESIDENTIAL. The Pearl District and Portland will benefit from the increased population density. The buildings themselves will contribute to the colorful plaid.

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