US Customs House in Portland, seen on Walking Tour of Pearl District

Old Town/Chinatown Walking Tour

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Discover the history and architecture of Portland’s first commercial district, where over 100 years ago ocean-going ships delivered their passengers and goods in this thriving port city . Learn about Old Town’s “Blazing Center” which hasn’t changed much since the days it was originally filled with brothels, bars and gambling houses.

We’ll see some survivors of the “Cast Iron Era” and also swing through Portland’s Chinatown…. that isn’t really Chinatown anymore. Like many neighborhoods in Portland, this district is changing with the times and those changes involve the re-purposing of many underutilized buildings. We’ll have a look at some prominent success stories and works in progress including the “US Custom House (1901)/We Work” and “Sailors Mission (1881)/Society Hotel”. (see photos below)

This 2 1/2 hour point to point walking tour will lead us through Old Town and Chinatown and cover less than 2 miles.

Cost for this narrated tour is $15. You can pay by check or cash at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD

The Old Town area is served by both Max and bus lines.

Historic Ladd’s Addition Walking Tour

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The historic Ladd’s Addition neighborhood is known for its “X in a box” street grid and fabulous Arts and Crafts houses. This is Portland’s first Historic Conservation District and in many ways represents the Portland standard for a walk/bike friendly neighborhood with tree lined streets, parks, churches and neighborhood school. Within easy walking distance are some of SE Portland’s finest shops, restaurants and brew pubs.

This easy-paced walking tour will highlight the well-preserved fabric of historic buildings that make this neighborhood one of the most livable in Portland.

The fee for this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check or cash at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link:  http://bit.ly/22q0waD

I’ve scheduled this tour again for folks who haven’t been able to make this popular urban adventure into history and architecture.

The Pearl District Tour – POSTPONED!

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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 walk includes the historic warehouse buildings that became the basis for the present Pearl District. We’ll have a look inside several historic properties now preserved and re-purposed. These projects are excellent examples of  ” architectural interventions” that blend historic character with 21st century use and sensibility. The McCracken Co Warehouse (1895)/Vollum Ecotrust Building is one of our stops on the tour. (Photos below)

The walking tour will last about 2 hours and covers less than a mile of easy urban terrain.

Cost of this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check or cash at the start of the tour.  You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD

This tour is co-sponsored by the Center for Architecture/AIA – Portland

Old Town/Chinatown Walking Tour

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Discover the history and architecture of Portland’s first commercial district, where over 100 years ago ocean-going ships delivered their passengers and goods in this thriving port city . Learn about Old Town’s “Blazing Center” which hasn’t changed much since the days it was originally filled with brothels, bars and gambling houses. 

We’ll see some survivors of the “Cast Iron Era” and also swing through Portland’s Chinatown…. that isn’t really Chinatown anymore. Like many neighborhoods in Portland, this district is changing with the times and those changes involve the re-purposing of many underutilized buildings. We’ll have a look at some prominent success stories and works in progress including the “US Custom House (1901)/We Work” and “Sailors Mission (1881)/Society Hotel”. (see photos below)

This 2 1/2  hour point to point walking tour will lead us through Old Town and Chinatown and cover less than 2 miles.

Cost for this narrated tour is $15. You can pay by check or cash at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD

The Old Town area is served by both Max and bus lines.

Walking Tour of the Pearl District

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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 walking tour will last about 2  1/2   hours and covers less than a mile of easy urban terrain.

Cost of this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check or cash at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD

This tour is co-sponsored by the Center for Architecture/AIA – Portland. 

Walking Tour of Historic Eastmoreland

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Before becoming one of Portland’s most desirable older neighborhoods, Eastmoreland was part of the extensive agricultural landholdings of the Ladd Estate Company. The Lewis and Clark Exposition of 1905, the founding of Reed College in 1911, and the extension of the streetcar network into the eastside of Portland helped to kick-start residential building in Eastmoreland. From the first decade of the 20th century onward, this neighborhood has been a popular enclave for upper-middle class Portlanders.

Eastmoreland features wooded boulevards, fine schools, parks, a golf course and easy access to Reed College. Architectural styles represented include a range of Arts and Crafts influenced high-style designs as well as a number of Period Revivals. Several of the top early 20th century architects in Portland designed homes in this affluent neighborhood. Currently, the neighborhood is pursuing designation as a National Register Historic District. 

We’ll cover about 2 miles on gently rolling urban terrain. 

Tour lasts about 2 1/2 hours.

Fee for this narrated tour is $15. You can pay by check or cash at the start of the walk.  You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD

Parking is available on street in the neighborhood south of Woodstock Boulevard.

There are no public restrooms on this tour.

Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather!

Old Town/Chinatown Walking Tour

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Discover the history and architecture of Portland’s first commercial district, where over 100 years ago ocean-going ships delivered their passengers and goods in this thriving port city . Learn about Old Town’s “Blazing Center” which hasn’t changed much since the days it was originally filled with brothels, bars and gambling houses. 

We’ll see some survivors of the “Cast Iron Era” and also swing through Portland’s Chinatown…. that isn’t really Chinatown anymore. Like many neighborhoods in Portland, this district is changing with the times and those changes involve the re-purposing of many underutilized buildings. We’ll have a look at some prominent success stories and works in progress including the “US Custom House (1901)/We Work” and “Sailors Mission (1881)/Society Hotel”. (see photos below)

This 2 1/2  hour point to point walking tour will lead us through Old Town and Chinatown and cover less than 2 miles.

Cost for this narrated tour is $15. You can pay by check or cash at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD

The Old Town area is served by both Max and bus lines.

Historic Downtown Milwaukie

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Milwaukie was settled by pioneers coming West on the Oregon Trail in the late 1840s and early 1850s. The first settlers established lumber and grist mills and later several families established prosperous fruit orchards. Milwaukie and other Willamette River settlements lost out to Portland in the competition to become the major city on the Willamettte by the early 1860s.

Through most of the 19th century, Milwaukie was a semi-isolated rural enclave that depended on the ferry or rough wagon trails for connection to Portland and other communities. Milwaukie as a community did not grow until the coming of the electrified interurban in the 1890s.

The early 21st century has brought more residential growth and the beginnings of downtown re-development. The Orange Max light rail will likely spur more commercial and residential development. 

Take the Orange Max light rail to downtown Milwaukie!  It is a short walk from the Max stop to City Hall.

 This walk covers about one mile on mostly level urban terrain and lasts about 2 1/2 hours. Optional dining, beverage and conversation at a local eatery after the tour. 

 The fee for this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check or cash at the start of the walk. You may also use PayPal by following this link:      http://bit.ly/22q0waD 

Historic Montavilla Walking Tour

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Montavilla is a vintage “Streetcar Era” neighborhood situated on the east slope of Mt Tabor. Sparked by the restoration of the 1940s era Academy Theater in 2006, the small commercial district is experiencing a revitalization similar to several of the other early 20th century neighborhoods in Portland. 

We’ll start with an interior view of the Academy Theater and then walk down Stark Street to get the flavor of the commercial district in Montavilla. We’ll continue with a stroll into the surrounding residential neighborhood on our way to view the architecturally significant  Monastery of the Precious Blood, now St Andrews Senior Living  center. We’ll have a chance to view the interior of the well preserved historic chapel (see photo below)

After the tour we’ll have the option to gather and socialize at one of the several dining spots in the vicinity. 

The fee for this tour is $15. You may in cash or by check at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link:http://bit.ly/22q0waD

Dress for the weather!

The Pearl District – Then and Now

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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 walk includes the historic warehouse buildings that became the basis for the present Pearl District. We’ll have a look inside several historic properties now preserved and re-purposed. These projects are excellent examples of  ” architectural interventions” that blend historic character with 21st century use and sensibility. The McCracken Co Warehouse (1895)/Vollum Ecotrust Building is one of our stops on the tour. (Photos below)

The walking tour will last about 2 hours and covers less than a mile of easy urban terrain.

Cost of this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check or cash at the start of the tour.  You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD

This tour is co-sponsored by the Center for Architecture/AIA – Portland