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An Architectural Guidebook to Portlandby Bart King
Synopses & Reviews
Portland strikes a graceful balance between the rich traditions of its past and the creative developments of modern architecture.
Written for both layperson and professional, An Architectural Guidebook to Portland is filled with history and photos that demonstrate why this city is one of the most admired in the nation. Portland's civic planning, historic preservation, and overall attractiveness are all explored in detailed profiles of structures ranging from 19th-century cast-iron front buildings to sleek modern skyscrapers.
Now revised and updated to reflect Portland's explosive growth in the 21st century, this second edition includes an added focus on the development of "green buildings" and sustainable design, a chapter on downtown bridges, and expanded coverage of the city's vibrant neighborhoods.
With over 250 entries that tell the stories behind Portland's celebrated cityscape, this comprehensive guide is an indispensable resource for visitors and Portlanders alike.
"This wonderful book is a plethora of riches, an irresistible read, and a fine guide to many of Portland's unique buildings and areas." The Statesman Journal
"It offers the perfect amount of interesting and enlightening information in a very accessible format." The Oregonian
"Witty, informative, and accurate." Wallace Kay Huntington, architectural historian
Book News Annotation:
King provides a tour of Portland's cityscape that offers new information even to long-time residents. This update of the 2001 edition includes a focus on "green" buildings, one of Portland's claims to fame. The some 250 sites toured include downtown's Pioneer Courthouse Square ("Portland's living room"), Michael Graves' controversial postmodern Portland Building, the city's many bridges, and its new aerial tram. The guide includes b&w illustrations, maps, a glossary, and decent bibliography. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Portland strikes a unique balance between the rich architectural traditions of the past and the cutting-edge creative developments of modern architecture. Within a small downtown area can be found 19th-century cast-iron-front buildings, skyscrapers, old brick warehouses, a landmark 1890 train station, historic bridges, and a distinguished assortment of museum, government, and retail buildings. Its civic planning, historic preservation, and overall attractiveness make Portland a place that natives revel in and visitors admire. Written for both layperson and professional, An Architectural Guidebook to Portland is filled with history and photos that demonstrate why this city is one of the most admired in the nation. The Guidebook's first edition was praised for its readability and usefulness as a reference book. It has now been revised and updated to reflect Portland's explosive growth in the 21st century. New features include an added focus on the development of "green buildings" and sustainable design in Portland, a chapter on downtown bridges, expanded coverage of the city's vibrant neighborhoods, and a glossary of architectural terms. With over 250 entries that tell the stories behind Portland's celebrated cityscape, this comprehensive guide is an indispensable resource for visitors and Portlanders alike.
About the Author
Bart King lives with his wife in a Portland residence of uncertain architectural lineage. A longtime teacher, he is also the author of The Big Book of Boy Stuff. Along with his five sisters and fifty girls, Bart also wrote its companion volume, The Big Book of Girl Stuff.
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