The City of Portland completed a historic building survey as part of a small grant from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO). The focus was on modern-style architecture and buildings constructed between 1945-1985 in the Central Portland area. A sampling of buildings were surveyed, representing types and styles of architecture from that time period. The project also included describing the architectural styles of buildings and other historical research. The survey team focused on buildings that were not previously surveyed or designated.
Historical surveys are the first step to understanding the architectural character and historic development of an area. During the 1950s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, new architectural styles and building forms were introduced nationwide, changing the historic appearance of cities and neighborhoods. In Central Portland, these new development types include office towers, industrial buildings and warehouses, and specialty buildings such as restaurants and banks, in addition to modern residential styles. The styles and forms of these different buildings are the focus of this survey project.
The survey work completed through this project enhances our understanding of building history in Portland's Central City. The survey report was completed in September 2011 and is available to download. Information from the survey forms was entered into the Oregon Historic Sites Database and is publicly available.
A map of the Central City showing buildings by construction year, focusing on the modern era, is also available to view or download. If you have questions, contact Liza Mickle at the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability at 503-823-7666.
The report, Modern Historic Resources In the Central City: A Reconnaissance Survey, is available to view or download by selecting the link below. For more information, contact Liza Mickle at 503-823-7666.