(originally Third Church of Christ, Scientist, a.k.a. Portland Buddhist Temple)
Gray Purcell, 1926
William Purcell once worked with famed American architect Louis Sullivan; he also worked in the noted Chicago firm Purcell and Elmslie, which specialized in commercial buildings in the Chicago style. So it fits that the plans for this church created a plain and cube-like building that could have been mistaken for a well-designed bottling plant.
In a subsequent incarnation, the building was dedicated as a Buddhist temple in 1996. A 2002 renovation and addition (to the west) transformed it into what you see today. But behind the dragon pillars and carved murals, one can still get a sense of the building's strongly geometric, rectangular form.
* One of the primary tenets of Buddhism is that every person is responsible for his or her own life. Tell a friend.