The Pearl District – Then and Now

Dramatic Change in the Pearl

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 several 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 McCracken Co Warehouse (1895)/Vollum Ecotrust Building is one of our stops on the tour.


The Center for Architecture
403 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209


Approx. 2 1/2 hours


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


Easy – covers less than a mile of easy urban terrain.


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

Tour Location
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