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Lair Hill Architectural Walking Tour

  • May 1, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Eric Wheeler, one of our members, has offered to share his knowledge of one of Portland's unique neighborhoods. Lair Hill has an excellent concentration of late Victorian vernacular residential architecture along with well preserved examples of historically significant early 20th century public buildings.

This was a high density, compact neighborhood of Jewish, Italian and other ethnic working class residents for first half of 20th century, with buildings that reflect the social fabric of a vital, cohesive neighborhood.  As the Lower East Side was to New York, Lair Hill was to Portland.

Lair Hill survived Urban Renewal of late 1960s and became one of the first Historic Conservation Districts in the city. Recent infill and rehabilitation is architecturally sympathetic to the original character of the neighborhood.

The tour covers about eight city blocks and lasts about 1.5 hours. Easy walk. We'll meet for an optional bite to eat and/or beverage at the Lair Hill Bistro after the tour.

After the architectural walk, I am going to walk up to OHSU and take the tram down. From there, I'm going to try out the new pedestrian bridge over I5. This distance is only 1.5 miles but there is plenty of stair climbing.

Be sure to leave yourself extra time to find the start point as this is a difficult part of town to navigate.

Fee for this event is $10.


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  • Eric W.

    And thanks to Corinne for her sparkling "Vanna White" assistance with the historical photos!

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great combination of history of tfrvJewish community, archecture and some walking.

    May 2, 2013

  • Tom

    Just a warning to check traffic and leave extra time to get here. There is a protest downtown today.

    May 1, 2013

  • Eric W.

    Trina, We sure hope to offer this and many more historic/architectural neighborhood tours this summer and fall. Thanks for your interest! Eric

    April 30, 2013

  • Trina D.

    Eric, I hope you offer this again in the next 6 to 12 months. I've have a baby quilt to whip up by Sunday. Enjoy everyone!!

    April 30, 2013

  • Karen G.

    I'm fairly new to the area and enjoy getting out and learning about Portland and all it has to offer

    April 25, 2013

  • Eric W.

    This is an out of way historic neighborhood with an urban "vibe" that is uniquely Portland. Please join us !

    April 21, 2013

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