beneath this building is hinted at in its clean, fresh lines. Like the Hamilton Building, the Sherlock has a restrained and elegant but also modern look about it, despite being over a century old. The building combines Romanesque and Chicago School elements, and was one of the first Chicago-style buildings in the city. The stone and brickwork visible in the arches, capitals, and face are not weight-bearing, as columns and beams take care of that. There is something about this structure's simple, strong lines that make it still attractive today.
William Sherlock was an Irish immigrant who became successful in the livery business. A pioneer, he came to Portland by land, and once here, he deduced that the real money was in real estate. His eponymous building became the home of the Embassy Club, a renowned nightclub frequented by local luminaries and police officers. In 1980, the Sherlock was saved from possible demolition when ZGF Partnership moved their firm here.