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The Portland Building

December 2, 2008

We’ve been staying a block down the street from Michael Graves’ Portland Building – considered one of the first and enduringly iconic large-scale expressions of stylistic postmodernism. The building was completed in 1982 and supplemented with Raymond Kaskey’s copper-clad Portlandia statue in 1985. The proportion of the statue to the entrance below coupled with the facades’ aqua blue concrete garland is definitely whimsical, but the functional interior space has been reviled over the years for featuring poor lighting, small windows and cheap finishes. (Though Brian Libby attempts to find redeeming qualities in the work in this Architecture Week review from 2002.

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PDX

October 20, 2008

We’ve been in Portland preparing for our impending move to the west coast. There’s a lot to like about Portland, but one of my favorite features so far is the Ira Keller Fountain designed by Lawrence Halprin.

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