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1889 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: (503) 226-7646
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Three hundred yards from Pettygrove Park, find this favorite fountain named for Asa Lovejoy, the railroad developer who lost the coin toss to name Portland. Wading in most of Portland's fountains is permitted. Here, in both the upper and lower pool, as well as steps and stepping stones, the wading is great for cooling your toes. Bay area architect, Lawrence Halprin designed the water attraction. There are no fees to visit or wade in the fountain.
This park is named for the man who named Portland, Francis Pettygrove. Pettygrove, a developer from Portland, Maine won a famous coin toss that gave him the right to name a new city of Oregon after his hometown. Across from the park is Lovejoy Fountain, named for the gentleman who lost the coin toss. Pettygrove owned Portland's first wharf, warehouse, store and house. Stop by this metropolitan oasis to take in the grassy knolls and a bit of Portland's history. There are no fees to use the park.
What was once, in 1946, the Vanport Extension Center became Portland State College in 1955. It slowly accelerated from being a four-year school to a full-fledged university and an integral part of the Portland area. PSU is a highly recognized school around the country, not only for the academics, but also for the beauty and overall history of the campus. Performances at PSU draw quite a crowd and give visitors a chance to see plays, concerts, art exhibits and more. The Lincoln Performance Hall is located inside the aptly named Lincoln Hall (formerly the 1911 constructed Lincoln High School), and oftentimes is the setting for many of the aforementioned performances.
Flowing brooks and waterfalls make this fountain a downtown nature excursion. Designed by Michael Lawrence Halprin, the fountain was named for the man who brought urban renewal to Portland. Wading is permitted in most of Portland's fountains, and on hot days you'll find youngsters and older people cooling off in the water. Situated across from Civic Auditorium, this Northwest oasis moves 13,000 gallons of water per minute and attracts businesspeople and families alike. The fountain makes a great meeting spot.
A Norwegian immigrant who turned out to be one of Portland's most noted philanthropists, Simon Benson had a lot to contribute to the city, and it is only fitting that he is such an important part of the local culture today. Benson Polytechnic High School was established due to his generosity, and the city even owes its famous drinking fountains, the Benson Bubblers, to this man. The Queen Anne he had constructed in 1900 was put to many different uses after the family shifted residence in 1913, and eventually even found a place on the National Historic Register in 1983. However, when the years took a toll on the house, the Friends of Simon Benson House took it upon themselves to restore it, a task they have excelled at. The house was relocated to its present space in the South Park Blocks at Portland State University in 2000, serving as the visitor center and alumni association.
Anyone who has spent any amount of time in Portland knows about this unique looking building. Built in the mid-70s, this is a well-known landmark in Portland's downtown district. This stair-step, red brick skyscraper is 30 stories high and brightens the downtown core area with its innovative architecture. This building houses the offices of KOIN TV (News Channel 6) and the KOIN Center Cinemas. A MAX light-rail stop is conveniently located six blocks north.
This Rose Festival event is just another way to come together Portland-style. The event takes over Waterfront Park bringing music, food and rides to the riverside green. Three blocks of fun include a petting zoo, garden maze, children's entertainment and other activities. The Western Trail is explored through exhibits and a ride on the Wells Fargo stagecoach. Don't miss the marketplace where you'll find plenty of unique gifts. Kids under 12 are always free. Admission for adults (13 & over) is free before 5p on weekdays; $5 after 5p on weekdays and on weekends. Payment accepted by cash only.
Located in the heart of downtown, First Christian Church has exhibited a peaceful aura for years. The original congregation was formed in 1878, and this beautiful church, erected in 1923, was the fourth one built. The church was remodeled in 1985. Visitors will recognize the church from its red roof and soaring white columns. Breathtaking stained glass windows and a German grand piano are among the eye-catching details inside. The church is open to everyone and participates in community outreach programs.
Built in the 1890s, this building has served as City Hall since Portland's beginning. And thanks to renovation efforts, it always will be City Hall. The building was restored to its original state; from the dilapidated condition that threatened demolition; and reopened in 1998. Among interesting finds from the project were copper-plated stairways, two glass atriums that allow natural light to cascade into the building and concrete footings for a previous City Hall that was never completed. The whole building is like a big time capsule.
This historical Lutheran church has graced the downtown area since 1890. The church boasts exquisite architectural detailing with windows of nearly every shape and size. Rather than just the one steeple that adorns most churches, here you will find several surrounding the large structure. The immaculate interior features a beautifully ornate sanctuary that needs to be seen to be believed. Call for Sunday service schedule and other events.
New York City's Statue of Liberty is the only copper statue bigger than this. Created by artist Raymond Kaskey, the lady Portlandia is kneeling down to her city, Portland. Her face, hair, extended arms and trident have been hammered to shape. Modeled after the city's seal, this version of Lady Commerce watches over the streets from the Portland Building. While she conjures the city's mythology and past, the 1980s office building looks a bit drab. It has history, however, it is supposedly the first post-modern structure of its size in the country.
Architect Michael Graves designed this "art moderne" building in 1982. Perched atop the Portland building, Portlandia, the alleged spirit of Portland, stands 38 feet tall and clutches a trident. This six and a half-ton statue was adopted from an old Portland city seal and now guards city government offices housed inside the building. Sculptor Raymond J. Kaskey created Portlandia and the stunning statue is made of copper sheeting over steel armature. If that isn't enough art for you, visit the Metropolitan Center for Public Art on the second floor.