Synopses & Reviews
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.