Cast Iron Architecture in Downtown Portland

Portland’s Best Surviving Cast Iron Marvels

This walk along First, Second and Third Avenues from Salmon Street to Oak Street, features some of the best surviving examples of Portland’s cast iron architecture in one of the earliest National Register districts in the city. Included in the tour are several Classical Revival buildings that defined the image of the city in the early 20th century.

Located between the waterfront and city center, this neighborhood has experienced a renaissance in recent decades and is the home to several notable Portland hotels, shopping destinations and dining venues.

We’ll also visit the doomed Ancient Order of United Workmen Temple (1892,) pictured above.

Meet at the Soldiers Monument in the middle of Lownsdale Square – located between SW 3rd and SW 4th Ave, and SW Salmon and SW Main Streets.


Lownsdale Square
364 SW Main St
Portland, OR 97204


Approx. 2 hours


$15.  Cash or check accepted at the start of the tour, or you may pay online.


Easy – covers about twenty city blocks of easy urban terrain.


We’ll meet in front of the Soldiers Monument in the middle of Lownsdale Square. Dress for the weather!

Tour Location
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