Retaining buildings can maximize resource conservation. Portland has begun to embrace sustainability as a near moral imperative that mandates respect for our environment and the human continuum. Sustainability is an aspiration surfacing in our urban planning goals and our economic development policies.
Today begins a four-day grand opening celebration for the University of Oregon’s new home at the renovated White Stag block, in Old Town at Naito Parkway and Couch Street beside the Burnside Bridge.
A miracle on several levels unfolds late next month when big rigs and dollies drag a 125-year-old Ladd Carriage House back to its original location in downtown Portland.
Architectural detectives work to discover former design of building so its can regain historic status. Jessica Engeman is a detective uncovering forgotten design elements of prominent historical buildings.
Portland’s Skidmore Old Town Historic District is being revitalized with a push to preserve more of the district’s historic buildings.
Portland has lost many of its cast-iron buildings, a style very popular here in late 19th century. Venerable has restored and recast many of the broken and missing cast-iron pieces and installed them on the Bickel Building, part of the White Stag Block in Old Town.
The White Stag sign, built to sell sugar in 1927 and the only good thing about a 2005 movie starring Ice Cube, has become in its 79 years a symbol of puff-your-chest-out civic pride. Now, the University of Oregon wants to move into the building below the sign and use it to advertise the Ducks programs.
Art DeMuro, president of Venerable Group, Inc., feels the loss when historic buildings are razed. He’s a real estate man and, more importantly, he’s a history buff. The combination of the two, is perfect for Portland–a city that appreciates the connection between old and new development, a city that likes to show off its preservation efforts.
The White Stag block, home to four dilapidated buildings and the landmark “Made in Oregon” sign that overlooks the Burnside Bridge, likely will be the new home of the University of Oregon’s Portland Center.
The hunt is on for a developer to restore and reuse the U.S. Custom House.