Architect: A. E. Doyle/designed by Frank Higgins, 1926
More than any other architect, A. E. Doyle
(1877-1928) left a lasting legacy in Portland. For two decades, his firm got the commissions for seemingly every important downtown building. Doyle's usual style is characterized as Classical Revival, and can be readily seen in buildings like the Multnomah Central Library. This makes the Terminal Sales Building unusual. It has a design considered modern for its era, making it one of Portland's few examples of a perpendicular Art Deco style. The eye follows the smooth, vertical concrete piers straight up for twelve stories, without any ornamentation on the way to spoil the ride. It's a handsome building, and given its lineage, a unique one as well.