Built in 1872, the New Market Theater is regarded as one of the most historic and significant buildings of early Portland. It once held a 1,200-seat theater and a public market on its main floor, and the front of the building traces its architectural heritage back to the Italian Renaissance in Venice. The structure strongly resembles the famous Palazzo Vendramin on the Grand Canal, which was constructed in 1481. To adapt the style for Portland, the architects used cast iron and wood painted white in place of Italian travertine marble, and contrasted both with red brick. Originally the site of pioneer Captain Ankeny’s home, his well was capped and remained unknown until it was rediscovered during the structure’s restoration 110 years later. Excavation revealed the brick-lined well to be 23 feet deep, and a number of artifacts from the Ankeny household were found at the bottom and are displayed in a case on the mezzanine. Now, this legendary hub of culture and commerce is once again a center of innovation and creativity, and the New Market Theater Block captures Portland’s legacy of discovery, independence, and invention in captivating workspaces.
The four-story building was designed by Warren H. Williams and completed in 1888. Blagen Block was originally built for N.J. Blagen, an immigrant from Denmark who arrived in the United States in 1871 with nothing but determination. In 1877, Blagen became a resident of Portland, Oregon, engaging in the contracting and milling business. Blagen Block is the last remaining example of the rhythmic rows of columns and arches that once united hundreds of block fronts on Portland’s streets. In 2014, San Francisco-based company Airbnb, which connects travelers and locals willing to rent out their homes, chose the Blagen Block as their North American Operational Headquarters. Nowadays, the tech power player inhabits the entirety of the building.
This 12-story office building was designed by Whidden & Lewis in 1913 and is similar to the pair’s Failing Office Building (1907) and Wilcox Building (1911). Most of the building’s original tenants were doctors, dentists, and their patient clinics, and the building’s design was adapted to accommodate them. The Stevens Building was renovated in 1954 to designs by architect Pietro Belluschi and has undergone renovations by NBP Capital’s in-house construction team, Path PDX.
The Stevens Building offers 360-degree views of the West Hills, Willamette River, all of downtown Portland and, on a clear day, Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens.