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Walking Tour of the Pearl District

  • The Center for Architecture 403 Northwest 11th Avenue Portland, OR, 97209 United States (map)

The Pearl District was practically deserted 25 years ago. Join us on this tour to see how it’s been transformed into a dynamic walker-friendly neighborhood with contemporary and adaptive high rise housing, fine dining and world class entertainment. The Pearl District in Portland has become a model of high quality urban living and a must-see destination for visitors to our world-class city.

I call this the “bones of the Pearl Tour” because this walk includes the historic warehouse buildings that became the basis for the present Pearl District. We’ll have a look inside four historic properties now preserved and re-purposed. These projects are excellent examples of ” architectural interventions” that blend historic character with 21st century use and sensibility. The Portland Armory Annex (1892)/Gerding Theater is one of our stops on the tour. (Photo above.)

The walking tour will last about 2 hours and covers less than a mile of easy urban terrain.

Cost of this narrated tour is $15. You may pay by check or cash at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link:

This tour is co-sponsored by the Center for Architecture and AIA Portland

We’ll meet at the NW Flanders Street entrance to the AIA/CFA building. We’ll gather inside the office at the start of the tour.


Cover image courtesy Positively Portland Walking Tours.