Multcolib Research Picks: Portland Historic Buildings: Architecture

Beauty of the City
Beauty of the City A.E. Doyle, Portland's Architect By Niles, Philip (Book - 2008 ) 720.92 D754n 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Greater Portland
Greater Portland Urban Life and Landscape in the Pacific Northwest By Abbott, Carl (Book - 2001 ) 307.1 A131g 2001 Available in some locations

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.

Historic Photos of Portland
Historic Photos of Portland By Nelson, Donald R. (Book - 2006 ) 979.549 N425h 2006 Available in some locations

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.

Portland By Fortner, Walter (Book - 2007 ) 979.549 F743p 2007 Available in some locations

Annotation:Hotels, city streets, schools and waterfront scenes from postcards. Exterior and interior views of buildings, many still in existence, others long demolished.

Portland, Then & Now
Portland, Then & Now By Dodds, Linda (Book - 2001 ) 979.549 D642p 2001 Available in some locations

Annotation:Facing pages with large images compare scenes of the city as it was in the past and as they are at the present time, in the same locations.

Portland City Walks
Portland City Walks Twenty Explorations in and Around Town By Foster, Laura O. (Book - 2008 ) 917.9549 F755pc 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Laura Foster's books are guides for walks in Portland neighborhoods, with commentary about civic and residential architecture of historic interest.

Portland's Lost Waterfront
Portland's Lost Waterfront Tall Ships, Steam Mills, and Sailor's Boardinghouses By Blalock, Barney (Book - 2012 ) 979.549 B637p 2012 Available in some locations

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.

Portland's Pearl District
Portland's Pearl District By Gorsek, Christopher Stanley (Book - 2012 ) 979.549 G674p 2012 Available in some locations

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.

The Grand Era of Cast-iron Architecture in Portland
The Grand Era of Cast-iron Architecture in Portland By Hawkins, William John (Book - 1976 ) 720.9795 H394g Available in some locations

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.

Historic Resource Inventory, City of Portland, Oregon
Historic Resource Inventory, City of Portland, Oregon Identified Properties (Book - 1984 ) O- 720.9795 H675i In-library use only in some locations

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.

A History of Northwest Portland
A History of Northwest Portland From the River to the Hills By Comerford, Jane (Book - 2011 ) 979.549 C7327h 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Portland's Goose Hollow
Portland's Goose Hollow By Prince, Tracy J. (Book - 2011 ) 979.549 P9571p 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Progressive Portland II--stop and Go
Progressive Portland II--stop and Go By Nelson, Donald R. (Book - 2006 ) 979.549 N425p2 2006 Available in some locations

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.

The South Park Blocks
The South Park Blocks A Neighborhood History By Nelson, Donald R. (Book - 2008 ) 979.549 N425s 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Uphill, Downhill, Yamhill
Uphill, Downhill, Yamhill The Evolution of the Yamhill Historic District in Portland, Oregon By Tess, John M. (Book - 1977 ) 979.549 T338u Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

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.

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