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Voices of the Armory


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ISBN13: 9781424321513
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As the year 2002 wound down, the historic Portland Armory faced two options: become a fitness center, or the fall to the wrecking ball. Would either be a fitting last chapter in the story of the city's second-largest 19th century building, where generations of Portlanders had cheered US Presidents speaking, Jack Kramer serving, John Philip Sousa conducting and James Brown bringing down the house?

Fortunately for this community, a third path was forged. Thanks to the determination of a courageous few creative, political, finance and community leaders, the iconic Armory has become The Gerding Theater at the Armory, a new home for Portland Center Stage including two theaters, a community-oriented lobby with dynamic interactive media displays and an open-door policy, a new park and cafe. And while they were at it, the theater became the first LEED Platinum (environmentally sustainable) building on the National Register of Historic Places.

Voices of the Armory chronicles this unique achievement in exciting, easy to read, and visually stunning fashion, blending the "voices" of 50 project participants and observers from around the country with gallery quality photography.

About the Author

Kurt Goetzinger has taken hundreds of photographs of the Armory since the fall of 2004. In addition to Voices, is work was also seen in a photo essay designed by Pete Ivey in the October 2006 issue of Portland Monthly Magazine. Kurt lives in SE Portland and is currently photographing the rehabilitation of the historic Meier & Frank Building, also in Portland.

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robmelt, December 30, 2006 (view all comments by robmelt)
More than just a pretty coffee table book, this lavishly illustrated book offers a rare glimpse of Portland insiders as they collaborate on one of Portland's most ambitious renovations. The book is held together by a narrative tale spun by Portland Center Stage's Artistic Director Chris Coleman. A young man who started a theater company in a church basement, Coleman now maneuvers through the unfamiliar labyrinth of developers, architects, financial wizards and politicians in the two-year journey that leads to a new cultural icon in Portland's Pearl district, the Gerding Theater at the Armory. Coleman's story offers a rare glimpse of the dealmakers in Portland who make things happen, how they saved the Armory from demolition, and collaboratively created an institution which reflects the progressive values of the Portland community. Some of these movers and shakers contribute their own words and thoughts in 33 first-person accounts. The photographs, in rich and luxurious detail, document the transformation over the two-year construction period. Although the story starts out simply enough, it has all the drama you'd expect from a world-class theater company.
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