A renovation and adaptive re-use of the historic Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland, the building is a unique example of Neoclassical Revival architecture created by Whidden and Lewis at a time of exceptional growth in Portland. Located on a full block between SW 4th and 5th Avenues and SW Salmon and Main Streets facing Lownsdale Square, it sits in a prominent position among city and federal buildings in downtown Portland.
The building was constructed in two phases in 1909 and 1914 from granite, limestone, and terra cotta. The structure is steel covered in concrete; wood was intentionally not used in the structure as a fire safety measure, and the penthouse is made of cementitious plaster with a ribbed metal roof. A local landmark listed in Portland’s Historic Resources Inventory, the building is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The goal of the renovation is to repurpose the Multnomah County Courthouse from a government-owned building to a unique, commercially viable building highlighting key historic features. A range and combination of uses are currently being contemplated for the building, including food and beverage, retail, and event space, as well as creative offices. Visitors to this building will get to experience its significant characteristics, rare materials, and details; along with the facade, significant historic building elements that will be retained include the east entry lobby, the interconnecting grand stair, and the four historic double-height courtrooms. Additionally, the building will undergo a seismic upgrade to ensure it survives another 100+ years.
Waterfront is a dynamic mixed-use development reimagining an existing neighborhood in the heart of downtown Portland. It offers a rare 8-acre site, 9:1 FAR (floor area ratio), more than 3 million gross square feet planned, building heights up to 325 feet, and exclusive access to the Riverplace Marina. This quality destination of commercial office, mixed-use residential, hotel, and new publicly accessible open space is designed by world-renowned Kengo Kuma and Associates and GBD Architects.
The Waterfront site sits in a premier location of Portland’s South Downtown/University District, just a block from the Willamette River and centrally located to Portland’s Central Business District as well as the OHSU Medical Center. A biker’s paradise, it’s well-served by city transit (Portland regional MAX train, streetcar, and bus systems), has a walk score of 89, and easy access to the I-5 and I-405 highways. The neighborhood around the Waterfront site has many elements of a complete neighborhood but the challenge of being underutilized. Waterfront will revitalize the area for generations to come with increased engagement of the Willamette River and marina, a diverse resident population, an increased thoroughfare of vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic, exceptional retail with food and beverage options, and a stylish/luxury neighborhood hotel. The Waterfront development will invite the public to be a part of its success in creating Portland’s true connection to the river.
Located in the Cornfield Arroyo district of Chinatown, this 280-unit mixed use project is adjacent to Los Angeles’ newest major park. The new hybrid district is emerging as an exciting place to live, work, make things, rest, chill, play, dance or be entertained. From major events and concerts in the park to small music venues, wineries, craft breweries, old school diners, and top-tier restaurants, the district has an eclectic mix of uses which 200 Mesnager will respect and enhance.
Thanks to strong adjacencies to the USC+LAC Medical Center, the Arts District, Downtown LA, and the gold line to Pasadena via Highland Park, along with easy access to the I-5/Highway 101 and connectivity to the Studios, the site will benefit from a diverse renter pool. The project has been thoughtfully designed by GBD Architects to incorporate simple and elegant frames and silhouettes, with four buildings connected by a landscaped oculus. Interior design was led by local talent Sally Breer at Etc.Etera, which looks to the east-side lifestyle for inspiration.
The project will have 20,000 square feet of commercial uses which will blend place-making retail offerings with creative office.