Walking Tour of the Pearl District

Must-See Portland

The Pearl District was practically deserted 25 years ago. Join us on this tour to see how it’s been transformed into a dynamic walker-friendly neighborhood with contemporary and adaptive high rise housing, fine dining and world class entertainment. The Pearl District in Portland has become a model of high quality urban living and a must-see destination for visitors to our world-class city.

I call this the “bones of the Pearl Tour” because this tour includes the historic warehouse buildings that became the basis for the present Pearl district. We’ll have a look inside the recently re-purposed and re-opened Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) now located in the grand Classical Revival former Federal Building/Post Office (1916). This project is a great example of an “intervention” that blends historic character with 21st century use and sensibility.


The Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209


Approx. 2 1/2 hours


$15.  Cash or check accepted at the start of the tour, or you may pay online.


Easy – covers less than a mile of easy urban terrain.


This tour is co-sponsored by AIA Portland and The Center for Architecture

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