Building Oregon

Portland Visitors Information Center (Portland, Oregon)

Title
Portland Visitors Information Center (Portland, Oregon)
LC Subject
Architecture, American Architecture--United States
Alternative
McCall's Waterfront Park Building (Portland, Oregon) McCall's Waterfront Restaurant (Portland, Oregon) Bureau of Architectural Planning (Portland, Oregon)
Creator
Yeon, John Wick Hilgers & Scott Wick, Clarence H. Scott, Gerald Hilgers, Albert W. Hoffman, L. H.
Creator Display
John Yeon (architect, 1910-1994) Wick, Hilgers, & Scott (architecture firm, 1941-1945) Clarence Herbert Wick (architect, 1907-1970) Gerald Scott (architect) Albert William Hilgers (architect, 1907-1990) L. H. Hoffman (builder/contractor)
Description
National Register of Historic Places (Listed, 2010)
View
National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. Prepared by Kristen Minor, Peter Meijer Architect PC, February 20, 2010
Provenance
Design Library, University of Oregon Libraries
Temporal
1940-1949
Work Type
architecture (object genre) built works views (visual works) exterior views cultural centers (buildings) visitors' centers
Latitude
45.501554
Longitude
-122.677724
Location
Portland >> Clackamas County >> Oregon >> Pacific Northwest Multnomah County >> Oregon >> Pacific Northwest Oregon >> Pacific Northwest United States
Street Address
1020 Southwest Naito Parkway
Date
1948
Identifier
OR_Multnomah_Portland_VisitorsCenter.pdf
Rights
In Copyright
Rights Holder
University of Oregon
License
Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Source
Illustrated History of Lane County, Oregon. Portland, Oregon: A. G. Walling, 1884.
Type
Image
Format
application/pdf
Set
Building Oregon
Primary Set
Building Oregon
Institution
University of Oregon
Note
Constructed in 1948, the Visitors Information Center is a singularly unique example of the work of recognized master architect John Yeon. One of Oregon’s most famous architects, Yeon is known as a pioneer of the Northwest Regional style of architecture. His Information Center is his only non-residential building still in existence, and was included as one of only 43 buildings in the Museum of Modern Art’s prestigious 1953 “Built in U.S.A.: Post-War Architecture” exhibit, along with works by other know architects, Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson, and Richard Neutra. Yeon’s deep love for the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest inspired his multi-disciplinary style of design, where the outside views were carefully framed in an orchestrated series of experiences. The exterior of the low, rectangular building is composed of three-foot wide vertically oreinted plywood panels punctuated by similarly-sized irregularly-placed picture windows. The design features four enclosed “pavilions” that pinwheel around the visually open glassed-in central area with each pavilion and a pergola and garden wall extending beyond the glass enclosure. Views from the building are carefully arranged to frame vistas of Mount Hood to the North or the enclosed garden originally planted with native species. The building exhibits aspects of both International Style and Northwest Regional Style architecture, and is widely considered to be one of John Yeon’s finest works.