With New Facades, Will the Portland Building Still Be the Portland Building?

The overhaul of Michael Graves’s postmodern landmark raises questions about how we define historic preservation.

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When it was completed in 1982, the Portland Building (Portland, Oregon) was hailed as one of the first examples of post-modern architecture. Though the Michael Graves-designed structure has had its fans over the years, detractors derided it as a world-class eyesore. Now the landmark structure is getting a major overhaul in an effort to address the significant structural deficiencies that have long plagued it. Will the face-lift transform the Portland Building into a building the Rose City can be proud of, or will it destroy the building’s uniqueness, lovely or unlovely?

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