Architect: Anshen & Allen (San Francisco), 1969
"The most beautiful building in Portland. The
precast concrete, the scale and proportion, even the stair tower in back - it's still incredible." Jeff Kovel, Skylab Design Group
This fifteen-story International-style building is noteworthy for the greyish-green "dollar bill"-color slate it uses in its service core, which looks good when wet or dry, no small consideration in Portland. This slate was quarried in the same spot in Wales as Stonehenge's slabs. The cladding provides a good contrast with the building's white sides, as well as matching the glazed windows, which tie in with the not-too-distant Equitable's green glass.
* Surge of Pride Department: Oregon's first talking ATM was installed here in 2001.
This building projects a very strong presence, partly because it perches up on a full block pedestal. In fact, it reminds some people of the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. (Just to be safe, don't touch it.) The high quality of its detailing is evident and notable. But since the 268-foot tower can be a bit much, be sure to take a peek at its interior courtyard and also look at the stepped-back southern side.
* Since the late 1970s, the firm of Anshen and Allen has concentrated on designing health-care facilities.
The nearby Cornelius Hotel (1908, 525 SW Park Avenue, Hendricks & Toby) is a French Renaissance building with an interestingly baroque top floor if you can step back and get a look at it. Built for Dr. Charles Cornelius (who was also an actor, gold miner, and hotelier), the building was abandoned during the 1990s and was converted to a boutique hotel in the 21st century.Less Text