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Portland State University's Department of Architecture to Unveil Firefighter Memorial Design Competition Submissions


On October 19, 2009, Portland Fire & Rescue, the Campbell Board of Trustees, and Portland State University’s Department of Architecture will host a Wine & Cheese Reception from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Shattuck Hall, Second Floor, located at SW Broadway and Hall Streets. At the event, submissions for the Campbell Memorial Design Competition will be unveiled.  The public is invited to view the designs and vote for their favorites.

Located at the east end of the Hawthorne Bridge, the Campbell Memorial will be constructed once fundraising is complete as a lasting tribute to honor Portland firefighters’ bravery and sacrifice in the line of duty. Since 1881, 36 Portland firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Portland State University’s Department of Architecture alumni have been working steadily to develop designs for the memorial. After the reception, a jury panel including City of Portland Commissioners Randy Leonard and Nick Fish, Sho Dozono, Jeff Schnabel, Paul Corah, Worth Caldwell, and other arts and culture panelists will select the top three designs, which will be on display to the public in the City Hall Atrium from October 26, 2009 through October 30, 2009.

The memorial is named after David Campbell, who served as Portland’s Fire Chief for two terms between 1889 and 1911. On June 26, 1911, Chief Campbell gave his life in service to his beloved city while fighting one of Portland’s largest fires of the time. One of the first to respond, Chief Campbell was last seen silhouetted against the flames holding his arms up to brace himself against the falling roof of the Union Oil Company. He was found dead several hours later in a front-line firefighter’s turnout coat he had borrowed from one of his men; you could still read “F.D.” or "Fire Department" on one of the buttons.

The Campbell Memorial Committee’s goal is to select a design, raise funds, construct the memorial, and dedicate it on the 100th anniversary of Chief Campbell’s death (June 26, 2011), as well as to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11th.”

Jeff Schnabel

Committee Member and PSU Architecture Professor



For more information about the Campbell Memorial Project, please visit

October 19, 2009


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