This gallery features the most loved and iconic landmarks of Portland Oregon and the surrounding areas.
Portland Skyline- Viewed from the eastbank the Willamette River, Portland is known as "Bridge Town" for its many iconic bridges . Viewed here is the Hawthorne Bridge, built in 1910 in front of the southend of downtown Portland.
Haystack Rock is a 235 ft. sea stack in Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is the third-tallest such intertidal structure in the world. A popular tourist destination, the monolithic rock is adjacent to the beach and accessible by foot at low tide. The Rock is home to nesting seabirds in the summer and marine invertebrates all year long.
Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Oregon, about 60 miles east of Portland. Constructed from 1936 to 1938 by the WPA (Works Progress Association), it was built and furnished by local artisans during the Great Depression. Timberline Lodge was dedicated September 28, 1937, by President Franklin Roosevelt.
Timberline Lodge sits at an elevation of 5,960 feet (1,817 m) of Mount Hood. Publicly owned and privately operated, Timberline Lodge is a popular tourist attraction that draws two million visitors annually.
The Portland Theater, or the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall as it is now know, was opened in 1928. The scene I drew shows how it looked two months before it opened. Though it looks the same today, I chose this shot because it shows the front of building and its great architectural detail well. Today, there is a large tree growing in front of it and it is difficult to see the entire building.
The iconic Portland Oregon sign started life as the White Satin Suger sign, showing only the outline of Oregon. . White Stag made ski apparel and added the "reindeer" (White Stag) to the sign. After the demise of White Stag, the sign was purchased by the Made in Oregon retail store chain. They kept the font style and the stag but change the wording to Made in Oregon. The expense of the sign was too much so the sign was sold to the City of Portland. They replaced the "Made In" with "Portland" but kept the rest.
Designed by internationally renowned engineer David B. Steinman (1886–1960) and Holton D. Robinson, of New York, the St. Johns was the longest suspension-type bridge west of the Mississippi River at the time of construction. The bridge was built within 21 months and was dedicated on June 13, 1931. It is considered to be the most beautiful bridge in "Bridgetown" Portland OR.
The Hollywood Theater, in Portland OR, was built in 1926. It is styled in the Moorish architecture, popular in the 1920's, made famous by the popularity of Rudolph Valentino. The image shown is from 1941. The original building had a different marque but did not the the iconic "Hollywood" sign on the side. In the late 1950's the marque was changed to a plain sign and street level of the building was stuccoed over. A replica of the original marque recently replaced the plain marque.
Multnomah Falls, located in the Columbia River Gorge, east of Portland, OR, attracts over two million visitors each year, making it the most-visited natural recreation site in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon and is the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States. The falls drops in two major steps, split into an upper falls of 542 feet (165 m) and a lower falls of 69 feet (21 m), with a gradual 9 foot (3 m) drop in elevation between the two, so the total height of the waterfall is conventionally given as 620 feet (189 m).
Built in 1914, the Pittock Mansion tells the story of Portland’s transformation from pioneer town to modern, industrialized city through the history and legacy of one its most influential families, the Pittocks. Saved from demolition by dedicated citizens in 1964, the Mansion and surrounding estate was purchased by the City of Portland and opened to the public as a historic house museum.
The Vista House was built in 1917 on one of the most beautiful scenic points on the Historic Columbia River Highway. It is a stone octagon building in "German art nouveau" style. It was design to hold up against the infamous Columbia River Gorge "East Wind" which blow at hurricane force winds.