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St. Francis Hotel, 1999 (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Twenty years ago this month, I was a couple years out of college and looking to make a fresh start in Portland. After growing up in nearby McMinnville but then spending...

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2281 NW Glisan (Sally Schoolmaster) BY BRIAN LIBBY Three months ago the corner of NW 23rd and Glisan was rocked by a natural gas explosion, one that quite thankfully didn't kill anyone but did completely destroy one building and nearly...

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NW Vista Avenue, early 20th century (Architectural Heritage Center) BY BRIAN LIBBY Portland Industry Forum Presented by the Portland chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute, the Portland Industry Forum is attended by hundreds of designers, engineers, contractors, product representatives and...

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Stairway entry in Ankrom Moisan offices (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY The Old Town/Chinatown district is home to a wonderful collection of historic architecture, much of it from the cast-iron era of the late 19th and early 20th century. But...

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SW Third Avenue, 1930s (Cafe Unknown) BY BRIAN LIBBY The Great Light Way: Business, Buildings And Boosters On Portland’s Third Street By 1914, Portland’s city center had passed by Third Street and its mixture of mostly late-19th century commercial buildings....

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Minor White, "Knapp House, Exterior/Tower," 1942 [negative]; 1995 [print] (Portland Art Museum, Museum Purchase: Exhibition Budget Fund, 1995) BY BRIAN LIBBY Although Portland is enjoying a kind of moment these days as a cultural hotspot, attracting musicians and filmmakers and...

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Renee Strand, Kevin Valk, Kim Wilson, Dave Otte (Holst Architecture) BY BRIAN LIBBY In my 16-plus years writing about architecture in Portland, I've always had an imaginary tiered system for local firms. And in that top tier of my seven...

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Siskiyou House (Beebe Skidmore Architects) BY BRIAN LIBBY Pearl District Walking Tour The Pearl District was practically deserted 25 years ago. On this Positively Portland Walking Tour, attendees will see how the district has been transformed into a dynamic walker-friendly...

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Amity First Baptist Church, Amity, Oregon (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY For more than 20 years, most historic buildings in Oregon, particularly those outside Portland, have had virtually no protection. And because we’re one of the only states with owner-consent...

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"Immersive Jelly," an interactive installation by Ivan McLean (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Sometimes in Oregon during the winter it can rain so long or hard you just don't want to go out, at least not on foot. If you...

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NASA JPL Flight System Testbed and Design Center, Pasadena (Rosanne Sachson) BY BRIAN LIBBY Portland Winter Light Festival When it debuted last year, the Portland Winter Light Festival was dazzling and charming. Presented by the Willamette Light Brigade and located...

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Nat Slayton (Nat Slayton) BY JENNIFER WRIGHT Our continuing series looking at local architects through their loves, work and mentors continues with architect Nat Slayton, a principal at ZGF Architects. With a degree in Russian Literature, pursuing a career in...

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A Nike-commissioned Memorial Coliseum renovation design (Skylab Architecture) BY BRIAN LIBBY Although recently in a post we looked back on the projects and plans that defined 2016, I'd like to try this now from a different but overlapping perspective: the...

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BY BRIAN LIBBY For all the accolades we give to the creative people in our society — the artists and architects, the musicians and novelists — perhaps we don't often enough pay tribute to the men and women who support...

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Whelton Architecture principal and PSU faculty member Aaron Whelton (DCJ Oregon) BY BRIAN LIBBY PDX: DNA — 60 Minutes that Shaped Portland Presented by UO Portland and John Yeon Center for Architecture and the Landscape, 60 Minutes that Shaped Portland...

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Rendering of future Zidell Yards from Portland Aerial Tram (ZRZ Realty) BY BRIAN LIBBY Last month the Zidell family and its ZRZ Realty Company unveiled a new master plan for their 33 acres in South Waterfront known as the Zidell...

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Beebe Skidmore's Swift headquarters (Swift + Possible) BY BRIAN LIBBY When we look back on 2016, it may not be the architecture we think of first. Even as I write this, the cold of winter is seeping through my apartment's...

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Architect Paul Kinley (Opsis Architecture) BY BRIAN LIBBY 2016 ASID Design Excellence Awards The Oregon chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers presents the winners of its annual Design Excellence Awards, honoring 2016's best in interior design. The Good...

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Gray Building, Portland, 1929 (Restore Oregon) BY BRIAN LIBBY In last week's Portland Tribune column, I wrote about this year's recently released Most Endangered Places list from Restore Oregon, which includes a handful of Portland-area projects. Maybe it will seem...

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Map of the Central City 2035 plan (City of Portland) BY BRIAN LIBBY For the past 28 years, downtown Portland and surrounding close-in districts like the Central Eastside have been zoned and planned based on the city's 1988 Central City...

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Celeste Lewis (Sally Painter) BY LUKE AREHART Next in our continuing series profiling Portland architects through their careers, interests, skills and passions is Celeste Lewis, founder and principal with Celeste Lewis Architecture. Lewis has over two decades of experience in...

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AE Doyle's Benson Hotel, 1915 (Oregon Historical Society) BY BRIAN LIBBY DoCoMoMo Jingle & Mingle The Oregon chapter of DoCoMoMo, the international nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving 20th century modern architecture, invites friends and colleagues to this year-end holiday party...

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Sina Meier (left) with a Metropolitan Learning Center class (Opsis Architecture) BY BRIAN LIBBY Every architect has a story about when he or she first learned about the profession, or became inspired to design buildings for a living. Maybe it...

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Juror Elizabeth Whittaker (Merge Architects) BY BRIAN LIBBY Each year on the eve of the Portland Architecture Awards, the trio of jury members selecting the awards gather with an audience at the AIA's Center For Architecture to discuss their own...

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Beebe Skidmore's Swift headquarters (Swift) BY BRIAN LIBBY Beebe Skidmore Architects and Works Progress Architecture (formerly Works Partnership Architecture) took home the top-level Honor Award on Thursday night at the annual Portland Architecture Awards, given out by the local chapter...

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Garden House (Waechter Architecture) BY BRIAN LIBBY We are settling in for a long, dark, cold winter. And you know I'm not talking about the weather. Amidst our national crisis, maybe a few lectures and walking tours might seem trite...

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Nordia House (DiLoreto Architecture) BY BRIAN LIBBY In a recent column for the Portland Tribune, I wrote about my first visit to Nordia House, a home for the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation that opened last summer. Designed by DiLoreto Architecture with...

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An apartment building on SE Hawthorne Boulevard (Brian Libby) BY BRIAN LIBBY Hu Jie The Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University will host a lunchtime presentation by Professor Hu Jie, director of the Tsinghua Urban Planning & Design...

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Rendering of the Beard Market's proposed Morrison Bridge site (Snøhetta) BY BRIAN LIBBY Recently, wondering where things stood with the James Beard Public Market's ongoing efforts to raise money for a home at the west end of the Morrison Bridge,...

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John Wright (Wright Architecture) BY JENNIFER WRIGHT Architect John Wright is next in our Architect’s Questionnaire series highlighting local designers. John heads up Wright Architecture, a studio that focuses equally on residential and commercial projects. Growing up with a mechanical...

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