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Portland Architecture by Streetcar (photo essay)
By Thomas Boyd, The Oregonian | March 08, 2012 1:31 PM

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Hop aboard the Portland Streetcar to discover the city's hidden architectural gems. Disembark

route and reflect on the stonework of the Armory. Hop on the next car and travel a few blocks to T Northwest portland. (26 total photos)
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PORTLAND, OREGON -February 29, 2012 - The streetcar cruises through the SW 11th Ave. and Lovejoy intersection below the "Go By Stree neon sign. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON - Feb. 29, 2012 - Riders shuffle on and off the streetcar at the NW 23rd and Marshall stop. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonia

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NORTHWEST 21ST AND 23RD AVENUES - Small shops are a big draw on NW 23rd Ave, with shops shown here at 738 Northwest 23rd Avenu This end of the line sports a lot of the city's architecture from the early 1900s. Long a favorite part of town, in the 1990s Northwest Portlan the happenin' place to be (the Pearl District of its day) attracting hip retail stores and fashionable singles, who lived not in luxury condos bu

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sturdy apartment buildings with charming vintage fixtures and wood floors. By 2000, an area between 20th and 22nd avenues had becom Oregon's most densely populated tract (a distinction it has since ceded to part of the Portland State University campus, which you can chec down the line). Although other areas grab the headlines now, Northwest Portland remains hot enough to make a good parking spot hard t Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON - Foggy windows obscure the view at the Folly boutique at 1005 Northwest 16th Ave. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON - The business side of the Bridgeport BrewPub at 1318 NW Northrup Street, belches steam into the brisk February air. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON - A streetcar passes by Tanner Springs Park in the Pearl District. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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THE METROPOLITAN - The Fremont Bridge is reflected in the massive windows of the Metropolitan Apartments, 1001 N.W. Lovejoy St. (Nort 10th Avenue and Marshall Street stop): Designed by Boora Architects, the gleaming Metropolitan towers above the areas other luxury cond and not just in design: At 225 feet, its the tallest building in the Pearl. The Metropolitans fine details and green features are representative area that noted architect Brad Cloepfil says produces the kind of consistent architecture that you'd be lucky to find in much larger cities, inc New York. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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THE METROPOLITAN - Fast changing weather is reflected in the Metropolitan's windows at 1001 N.W. Lovejoy St. (Northwest 10th Avenue a Marshall Street stop): Designed by Boora Architects, the gleaming Metropolitan towers above the areas other luxury condos and not just in design: At 225 feet, its the tallest building in the Pearl. The Metropolitans fine details and green features are representative of an area tha noted architect Brad Cloepfil says produces the kind of consistent architecture that you'd be lucky to find in much larger cities, including New Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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JAMISON SQUARE - 810 N.W. 11th Ave. (Northwest 10th Avenue and Johnson Street stop): From tidy greenery to a boardwalk of tropical hardwood, the square is a testament to Oregon's love of craft and functionality. In the summer, its packed with children, parents and beau Pearl District types sunning themselves and enjoying the wading pool. This time of year, enjoy the bones. Named after late gallery owner a activist William Jamison, the square is a Portland success story in usage, if not a visionary public space in terms of imaginative design. Boyd/The Oregonian

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937 CONDOS - 937 N.W. Glisan St. (Northwest 10th Avenue and Glisan Street stop): No matter where you start or stop your streetcar tour can find building whimsy. These commuters, wrapping up their day heading back toward Northwest Portland, are just a lift-your-head-up-a look away from a colorful architectural offering. Like these condos, yet another lovingly crafted and green-minded condominium that could h been indistinguishable from its neighbors. But this 16-story tower stands out with its red-fronted balconies and pale brick exterior. It was designed by one of the best firms in town, Holst Architecture. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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GERDING THEATER AT THE ARMORY - 128 N.W. 11th Ave. (Northwest 11th Avenue and Couch Street stop): When it opened in 2006, the renovation of this 1891 building home to Portland Center Stage was Portland s first big addition to its cultural skyline in years. The Gerding of green building features, including sky-lit offices and rainwater collected from the roof recycled into the plumbing system. Developed by G Edlen Development Co., it is also seen as a something of a missed opportunity by the design community: Too much a product of developers not enough architectural touches or vision to rise above the ordinary. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON -February 29, 2012 - Powell's Books has been around longer than many of the Pearl District businesses . Thomas Boyd Oregonian

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WEST END OF DOWNTOWN - Between Northwest 11th Avenue and Couch Street and Northwest 11th Avenue and Alder Street stops): The West End, once the epicenter for gay-themed clubs and gathering spots has been gentrified by an influx of condominiums, restaurants and stores, including Clyde Common, Ace Hotel (where this photo was taken from), West End Bikes, Stumptown Coffee and Kenny & Zukes Delicatessen. On a Friday night, the West End boasts one of the city s highest concentrations of Portlandia-style hipsters. Thomas Boyd/Th Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON - The Governor Hotel, 614 Southwest 11th Avenue is reflected in the windshield of a car as a street car passes by. Boyd/The Oregonian

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FOOD CARTS - Southwest 10th Avenue between Alder and Washington Streets (Southwest 10th Avenue and Alder Street stop): Suddenly hungry? Stop off at this popular food carts destination, where you can enjoy cuisine representing nearly every part of the world within a si block. Portland s food carts signify more than the city s love affair with food and an on-the-cheap ethos. They ve become colorful and aroma presences all over Portland, sometimes occupying parking lots, other times in areas specifically designed to house these mini-restaurants. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON - Located between SW 10th and 11th on Morrison. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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BENSON TOWER - The Old Church at 1422 Southwest 11th Avenue juxtaposed next to the Benson Tower condos, 1500 S.W. 11th Ave. (Southwest 11th Avenue and Clay Street stop): The Benson Tower on the fringe of the Portland State University campus is one of three ne buildings that helped make the area the densest part of Oregon, according to the 2010 Census. Since 2000, 965 people moved into those buildings. Yet, the area, particularly this stretch approaching the heart of the PSU campus, is among the quietest in downtown. If you re loo for a peaceful urban oasis, this is the place. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON - The Portland Korean Church, at 933 Southwest Clay Street. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON - Portland architecture along the streetcar line tells the story of Portland. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON -March 1, 2012 - A streetcar glides along SW 10th Ave. near the Portland Art Museum. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Sarah Brewer, a liberal arts major, studies with the Urban Center Plaza to her back at Portland State Unive downtown Portland (Southwest 6th Avenue and Mill Street stop): If you re looking for cohesive design here, fuhgeddaboudit: Portland Stat grab-bag of buildings makes for a campus without a visual identity. But what it lacks in harmony, it makes up for with density. According to 2010 Census, the campus most southern end was within Oregon s most densely populated tract, thanks to new housing complexes (part o PSU s move to shed its reputation as a commuter college). Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - A streetcar passes through the Urban Center Plaza at Portland State University. Thomas Boyd/The Oregoni

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SOUTH WATERFRONT - The view from the 23rd Floor of Atwater Place in the South Waterfront area of the streetcar line. The gleaming, clean high-rise development that sprouted from an unused piece of riverside industrial land during the 2000s is either a cautionary tale from the housing bubble or a development that will be a success story in 20 years. Many of the condos haven t sold; many that did have sunk in val still beautiful wide streets, buildings with modern lines and sky-high rooftop gardens but, conversely, all the empty spaces provide some of eeriest scenery in the city. At night, the sparsely lighted expanses could make the perfect backdrop for a sci-fi noir film. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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SOUTH WATERFRONT - The view from the 23rd Floor of Atwater Place in the South Waterfront area of the streetcar line. The gleaming, clean high-rise development that sprouted from an unused piece of riverside industrial land during the 2000s is either a cautionary tale from the housing bubble or a development that will be a success story in 20 years. Many of the condos haven t sold; many that did have sunk in val still beautiful wide streets, buildings with modern lines and sky-high rooftop gardens but, conversely, all the empty spaces provide some of eeriest scenery in the city. At night, the sparsely lighted expanses could make the perfect backdrop for a sci-fi noir film. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND, OREGON -March 2, 2012 - A streetcar passes outside OHSU on the south waterfront. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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PORTLAND AERIAL TRAM - (Southwest Moody Avenue and Gibbs Street stop): The trams a bona fide eye magnet in a cityscape void of the signature buildings and landmarks common in big cities. But controversy surrounded every decision about building the sky-line transportati that shuttles riders between South Waterfront and Oregon Health & Science University up the hill. Extreme feelings have dominated since trams 2006 opening: Folks love it or hate it. Thomas Boyd/The Oregonian

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Thank you so much for including the Gerding Theater at the Armory in this photo essay! Just a small note that the Armory is on the National Registry of Historical Places, so no architectural touches that would be seen from the streetcar could be made.
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