Multcolib Research Picks: Portland Historic Buildings: Architecture
Annotation:The elegance of architecture by A.E. Doyle is evident in buildings such as the Central Library for Multnomah County and others in the downtown core of Portland. This book surveys his work and contributions to the city.
Annotation:An excellent study of the development of Portland in terms of urban planning and change in areas of the city. These historical accounts provide interesting perspectives that relate to the architectural character of neighborhoods.
Annotation:Archival photos show the city of Portland from the early 1850's, when downtown was a residential neighborhood with newly planted trees, wide streets, and Victorian houses, to the 1960-1970 era, prior to development of the downtown core area and urban renewal in many areas. Images from the Portland City Archives and private collections.
Annotation:Hotels, city streets, schools and waterfront scenes from postcards. Exterior and interior views of buildings, many still in existence, others long demolished.
Annotation:Laura Foster's books are guides for walks in Portland neighborhoods, with commentary about civic and residential architecture of historic interest.
Annotation:Close-up photos of the waterfront area and adjacent streets, from the early days of Portland, unrecognizable except for buildings in some photographs that still exist.
Annotation:A fascinating book about a district that has perhaps changed the most dramatically among neighborhoods of Portland in recent years. Historical photographs and text provide an account of the transformation from railroad and industrial uses to largely residential and commercial.
Annotation:Cast-iron architecture was a phase of building in vogue in the late 19th century, as a way to protect the city from the ravages of fire that destroyed sections of downtown in earlier years. Today, the blocks in downtown Portland nearest the waterfront still feature buildings of this construction.
Annotation:The Historic Resource Inventory is a multivolume set of binders in the reference collections of the Literature and History Room at Central Library. It is an architectural survey of residences and businesses throughout Portland, selected by a team of architects in 1984 as properties with potential historical significance.
Annotation:This book is a delightful history of the NW district, with historic photographs of early roads and Victorian houses to the commercial and residential district of today that retains much of those characteristics.
Annotation:From the Arcadia Publishing Company, a history of one of Portland's oldest neighborhoods, dating from 1845. Old photographs show the transition of Goose Hollow from vacant land to farming, gradually becoming a residential neighborhood. History of buildings and architects add to the narrative.
Annotation:This book shows changes in the city in part from the perspective of modes of transportation as the agent of change, for historic buildings and districts.
Annotation:Fascinating book of photographs and history of the early residents and homes of the South Park Blocks, with the transition to civic buildings, apartment houses, and churches that replaced them.
Annotation:A self-published book entirely about the history and architecture of downtown Portland that historically was a center of commerce in the vicinity of the waterfront.
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This reading list is a selection of books from Central Library about Portland architectural history. These titles feature images and history of historic buildings in the downtown city core, northwest Portland, and the Pearl District.