The Buildings Behind the Buildings: Influences on Landmark Portland Architecture

12/03/2016 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT




  • $20.00  -  General Public
  • $12.00  -  AHC Members


Portland’s plethora of landmark buildings weren’t designed in a vacuum. In this lecture, Thomas Hubka will provide an overview of some of our most notable Portland buildings and the architects and architectural styles that influenced their designs. You’ll learn about buildings such as the Benson Hotel, designed by architect A. E. Doyle, but in a manner that was very similar to a hotel in Chicago. Doyle’s beloved U.S. National Bank pays homage to a bank building in New York City. Noted architects, like Henry Hobson Richardson, also influenced Portland architecture from the earliest days. A number of downtown buildings show how Richardson’s designs had made their way to the West Coast by the early 1890s. And did you know we have a bank from the 1910s that was truly designed to look like a classical Greek temple?


You’ll learn about these buildings and more as Professor Hubka helps us connect the dots, between our architectural heritage and the people and buildings that influenced their design. Hubka has taught history courses at professional schools of architecture for over thirty years, including most recently at Portland State University, the University of Oregon, and Portland Community College.


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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