Portland Building

Portland Building information

Portland , USA
Address
Street cnr SW 5th Ave & SW Main St
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Lonely Planet review

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).