Oregon Historical Society
Along the tree-shaded South Park Blocks sits the state's primary history museum, which dedicates most of its space to the story of...
Pioneer Courthouse Square
The heart of downtown Portland, this brick plaza is nicknamed 'Portland's living room' and is the most visited public space in the city....
Portland Art Museum
Just across the park, the art museum's excellent exhibits include Native American carvings, Asian and American art, and English silver....
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
The Oregon Symphony performs in this beautiful, if not acoustically brilliant, downtown venue.
In 1994 chef-owner Greg Higgins opened the doors to one of Portland's groundbreaking restaurants. These days, Higgins feels more...
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Portland Building information
This controversial 15-story building (1982) was designed by Michael Graves and catapulted the postmodern architect to celebrity status. However, the people working inside the blocky, pastel-colored edifice have had to deal with tiny windows, cramped spaces and general user-unfriendliness. The building suffered from major design flaws that later proved very costly to fix – not a great start for what was considered to be the world's first major postmodern structure. At least it's been made somewhat green: an eco roof was installed in 2006.
Towering above the main doors of the Portland Building is Portlandia , an immense statue of the Goddess of Commerce, Portland's supposed patroness. This crouching figure is, at 36ft, the second largest hammered-copper statue in the US (after the Statue of Liberty).