The preservation approach for this building is precedent setting, and unfortunately the contempt for the aesthetics of post modernism (or perhaps the misunderstanding of post modernism entirely) clearly drove the "preservation" approach. While City Council's vote to approve the project was expected, the Historic Landmarks Commission's initial conditional approval of the project was a blow to historic preservation efforts for modern and post-modern resources, offering a truly troubling perspective that even buildings that have reached the higher bar of meeting National Register criteria before the age of 50 can be treated as less important than buildings of stone or terra cotta. The historic status of the iconic Post-Modern building is threatened due to the exterior modifications (the entire façade will be covered in metal paneling). NPS has said it will more than likely remove the building from the National Register due to the exterior modifications.
“Postmodernism is a freewheeling, unfettered, and unapologetic pursuit of style.”
– Ada Louise Huxtable
Advocacy: Portland Building Reconstruction
DCJ Oregon | March 1, 2018
Portlandia protected for renovation