most distinctive tower in the River Blocks. And at 325 feet high, it is the tallest condominium tower (and the eighth-tallest building of any kind) in Portland. One of the building's best aspects is that, with its elliptical outline, it really does give folks to the west of it a "permeable" view of the river and Mount Hood, just like a point tower should. (And at night, when it's lit up like a columnar lantern, it takes on a magical semi-permeability; check out the 18-foot-high glass walls in the lobby.)
You may be wondering why this gleaming tower for high-income types was named after the 19th-century leader of the Cherokee Nation? Answer: It wasn't. The John Ross intended was the Scottish-born arctic explorer who unsuccessfully sought the Northwest Passage and successfully reached the Earth's magnetic north pole.