Image of Downtown Portland courtesy of McWhinney Real Estate
Portland, Oregon is known for being a conscientious city when it comes to cleanliness. It is the most “green” city in Oregon and has won several awards for its environmental values. So it’s no surprise that Portland’s buildings are some of the cleanest. Here is a list of Portland’s most spotless buildings and historical landmarks.
The Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Opened in 1960, the Veterans Memorial Coliseum seats 12,000 and serves as a memorial to our veterans of all wars. Former President Obama held his first campaign rally here. There are over 150 events hosted at the Coliseum every year including concerts, sporting events, and family shows. It features a state-of-the-art sound system, upholstered seating, nine dressing rooms, and a video scoreboard. The box office services guests, event planners, and promoters.
The Pioneer Courthouse is the oldest building built in 1869 and is declared a National Historic Landmark since 1977. Tourists and locals are invited to visit this natural building and view the courtroom, ornate hallways, exhibits, and the cupola.
Portland City Hall
Its stunning Italian Renaissance architecture takes up the entire city block. The Portland City Hall building was built in 1895. It was the first building in the Pacific Northwest to feature public elevators, electric wiring, and centralized heating. The impeccably landscaped grounds are adorned with trees, vegetable gardens, roses and other beautiful flowers.
This theater opened in 1926 as a silent movie theater and vaudeville house. It is a Portland landmark known for its award-winning films and educational programs. The Hollywood Theatre hosts live performances and show contemporary and classic films. This old structure is appealing to tourists and is always spotlessly clean.
Once called Cotillion Hall, the Crystal Ballroom opened in 1914 as a dance hall. Music legends the Grateful Dead, Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner and James Brown, have performed here. The building includes vaulted ceilings, a floating dance floor, and grand chandeliers. Today, the Crystal Ballroom is still a thriving live music venue that serves specialty ales downstairs.
The Old Church
Designed by local architect Warren Heywood Williams, The Old Church is a nonprofit that is dedicated to offering artistic and cultural programming to the public. It can seat 300 guests who want to view musical and dance performances. The church can also be reserved for weddings and serves craft beer and regional wines.
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