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List of Famous Portland Buildings & Structures

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List of the famous landmarks that make up the Portland skyline, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Portland architectural landmarks as well as other major buildings, dwellings, and other structures in Portland are included on this list. Information about these Portland buildings is included on this list, such as when the building first opened and what architectural style it falls under. List includes both new buildings in Portland and older historic landmarks.

Buildings on this list include Portland Breakwater Light and Ladd Carriage House.

This list answers the question, "What are the most famous buildings in Portland?"

This is a good reference for research into the historical architecture in Portland. Famous architectural houses within the city of Portland are included as well, sometimes by address, other times listed by the name of the original home owner.



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    511 Federal Building
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    The 511 Federal Building is a former federal post office that currently houses Department of Homeland Security offices for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Portland, Oregon, United States. It also housed various other government entities in the ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1916
    • Created By: Lewis P. Hobart
    • Style: Neoclassical architecture
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    The A. H. Maegly House is a house located in southwest Portland, Oregon, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is located in the upscale Arlington Heights neighborhood. Built for Aaron H. Maegly, a wealthy Portland broker, the distinctive house was completed in 1915. It was designed by ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Style: Prairie School
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    Abyssinian Meeting House

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    Abyssinian Meeting House
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    The Abyssinian Meeting House is a historic house built by free African-Americans in Portland, Maine at 73–75 Newbury Street in the Munjoy Hill and downtown neighborhoods. Throughout the years, the Abyssinian was a place for worship and revivals, abolition and temperance meetings, speakers and concerts, ...more

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    • City/Town: Maine, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1828
    • Style: Federal architecture
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    Adam P. Leighton House

    Adam P. Leighton House is an historic house in Portland, Maine. Located in the Portland's West End, it was built in 1902-03 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. It was the home Adam P. Leighton, who was "considered the father of the American postcard industry" and served as ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Maine, USA
    • Style: Colonial Revival architecture
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    Alice Henderson Strong House

    The Alice Henderson Strong House is a house located in southwest Portland, Oregon listed on the National Register of Historic Places.more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Created By: Ellis F. Lawrence
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    Ambassador Apartments

    The Ambassador Apartments is a historic building in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. Since 1979, it has been on the National Register of Historic Places. Described as Jacobean, the Ambassador Apartments is unique in Portland for substituting Idaho sandstone instead of the glazed terra-cotta ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1922
    • Style: Tudor Revival architecture
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    Arminius Hotel

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    Arminius Hotel
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    The Arminius Hotel is a historic hotel in Portland, Oregon, United States. It was built in 1904 by Otto Kleeman, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1904
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    Aubrey R. Watzek House

    The Aubrey R. Watzek House is a historic house located in Portland, Oregon, United States, built in 1936—1938. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now part of the University of Oregon's John Yeon Center for Architecture. It was designated a National Historic Landmark on July ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Created By: John Yeon
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    Bank of California Building

    The Bank of California Building or also The Bidwell & Company Building, is a historic two-story building in downtown Portland, Oregon. Since 1978, it has been on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is currently vacant. This location was the site of the first Portland Central Library, ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1924
    • Created By: A. E. Doyle
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    Benson Hotel

    The Benson Hotel is a 287-room historic hotel building in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. It is owned and operated by Coast Hotels & Resorts. It was originally known as the New Oregon Hotel, and is commonly known as "The Benson". It has a reputation as one of Portland's finest hotels. The ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1913
    • Created By: Simon Benson, A. E. Doyle
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    Benson Tower

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    Benson Tower
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    The Benson Tower is a residential high-rise building located in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. It stands at a height of 250 feet and was completed in late 2007. It was named after the historic timber baron, Simon Benson, as the tower was built on the site of his original residence. The Benson ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, United States of America, Northwestern United States, Western United States, + more
    • Opened: Jan 01 2007
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    Bishop's House
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    Bishop's House is a historic building in downtown, Portland, Oregon. It is in the city's Yamhill Historic District. When the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese was moved to Portland from Oregon City, Archbishop William Hickley Gross constructed the Bishop's House as his official residence.more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1879
    • Style: Gothic Revival architecture, Gothic architecture
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    The Blaine Smith House in southeast Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon, is a two-story single dwelling listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1909 in an Arts and Crafts architectural style, it was added to the register in 1991. Rectangular in plan, the 40-by-60-foot house has a ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Created By: Ellis F. Lawrence
    • Style: Tudor Revival architecture, American Craftsman
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    Broadway Bridge

    The Broadway Bridge is a Rall-type bascule bridge spanning the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, United States, built in 1913. It was Portland's first bascule bridge; was and continues to hold the distinction of the longest span of its bascule design type in the world; and is listed on the National ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, United States of America, Northwestern United States, Western United States, + more
    • Opened: Jan 01 1913
    • Created By: Ralph Modjeski
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    Calvary Presbyterian Church

    The Calvary Presbyterian Church, also known as The Old Church, is a Carpenter Gothic church located in southwest Portland, Oregon, United States, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1882, it was designed by Portland architect Warren Heywood Williams. The interior includes ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Style: Gothic architecture
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    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is an historic cathedral on Cumberland Avenue and Congress Streets in Portland, Maine. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. The Cathedral’s Pastor is Bishop Richard Malone, and its Rector is Father Louis Phillips. Construction began in 1866 ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Maine, USA
    • Style: Gothic Revival architecture
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    Charles F. Berg Building
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    The Charles F. Berg Building, also the Dolph Building is an art-deco building in downtown Portland, Oregon. It is one of the few examples of commercial use of art-deco in Portland. The structure was built in 1902, and remodeled into a women's clothing store with its signature facade in 1930. Charles F.more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Style: Art Deco, Streamline Moderne
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    Charles Q. Clapp House

    Charles Q. Clapp House, is an historic house in Portland, Maine. Located in the Downtown Portland, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The house is an example of Greek Revival architecture.more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Maine, USA
    • Style: Greek Revival
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    Chestnut Street Methodist Church

    Chestnut Street Methodist Church is an historic church at 11-19 Chestnut Street, Portland, Maine. The Gothic Revival building was constructed in 1856 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. In 1904, the Maine Women's Suffragist Association held their 24th annual convention at the ...more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Maine, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1856
    • Style: Gothic Revival architecture
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    Clyde Hotel

    The Clyde Hotel is a historic hotel located in the downtown area of Portland, Oregon, United States. It was renamed to Ben Stark Hotel in 1987, then became the Ace Hotel Portland in 2005.more

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    • City/Town: Portland, Oregon, USA
    • Opened: Jan 01 1912
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