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The Portland Building, revisited

Published on April 5, 2009

Found this image of Michael Graves’ original proposed design for the Portland Public Service Building in a 1985 issue of Architectural Design. Interesting to note the original plan called for much more dramatic decorative garlands along the sides of the building and a collection of public arcades and shops on the rooftop. Both elements were vetoed by city authorities.

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  1. […] original plan included much more dramatic decorative garlands along the sides of the building and a collection of public […]

  2. devlyn says:

    Wow, I much prefer the “dramatic ribbon” look. Is Portlandia turned the wrong way, or was that interpretation based upon the original model?

  3. Administrator says:

    Hi Devlyn,
    My guess is that this competition model was made before the Portlandia statue had been finalized, so it’s probably a rough interpretation of what was to come.

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