Memory, Loss, and Salvation: Union Station(s), the Portland Hotel, and Henry Villard

03/19/2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT




  • $12.00  -  AHC Member Price
  • $20.00  -  General Public Price



During Portland’s Gilded Age, railway magnate Henry Villard planned to bestow on Portland both a world-class hotel and the largest train station in the world. This lecture explores the troubled story of Villard’s buildings: the Grand Central Passenger Station, the Hotel Portland, and Union Station. Their stories are a fascinating mixture of loss of public memory, forces of destruction, neglect, and preservation, the ironies of urban history, and the controversies over architectural authorship.


Alexander Benjamin Craghead is a writer, consultant, and historian of design and place. He holds a Masters in Architectural History from the University of California at Berkeley, and presently is pursuing doctorate research in the process of meaning and change within architectural places. He is also the author of Portland’s Railway Palaces: The Architectural Patronage of Henry Villard, forthcoming from the History Press in 2016.


Image courtesy of Portland Archives & Records Center



This lecture program is held at the Architectural Heritage Center - 701 SE Grand Avenue


Parking is on-street (free on Saturdays) or in the parking lot on the west side of Grand Avenue between SE Yamhill and Belmont Streets - just to the north of the Grand MarketplaceDo not use the lot where Dutch Bros. Coffee is locatedThank you to Bolliger and Sons Insurance for sharing their lot with us for our evening and Saturday education programs.

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