The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway. It is a stone octagon building in "German art nouveau" style. It was design to hold up against the infamous Columbia River Gorge "East Wind" which blow at hurricane force winds.
Designed by internationally renowned engineer David B. Steinman (1886–1960) and Holton D. Robinson, of New York, the St. Johns was the longest suspension-type bridge west of the Mississippi River at the time of construction. The bridge was built within 21 months and was dedicated on June 13, 1931. It is considered to be the most beautiful bridge in "Bridgetown" Portland OR.
The Portland Theater, or the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as it is now know, was opened in 1928. The scene I drew shows how it looked two months before it opened. Though it looks the same today, I chose this shot because it shows the front of building and its great architectural detail well. Today, there is a large tree growing in front of it and it is difficult to see the entire building.
The Hollywood Theater, in Portland OR, was built in 1926. It is styled in the Moorish architecture, popular in the 1920's, made famous by the popularity of Rudolph Valentino. The image shown is from 1941. The original building had a different marque but did not the the iconic "Hollywood" sign on the side. In the late 1950's the marque was changed to a plain sign and street level of the building was stuccoed over. A replica of the original marque recently replaced the plain marque.
Built in 1914, Pittock Mansion tells the story of Portland’s transformation from pioneer town to modern, industrialized city through the history and legacy of one its most influential families, the Pittocks. Saved from demolition by dedicated citizens in 1964, the Mansion and surrounding estate was purchased by the City of Portland and opened to the public as a historic house museum.
The iconic Portland Oregon sign started life as the White Stag sign from the mid '40's. White Stag made ski apparel and the "reindeer" on the sign is the White Stag. After the demise of White Stag, the sign was purchased by the Made in Oregon retail store chain. They kept the font style and the stag but change the wording to Made in Oregon. The expense of the sign was too much so the sign was sold to the City of Portland. They replaced the "Made In" with "Portland" but kept the rest.