Churches of the South Park Blocks and beyond....

The South Park Blocks are often referred to as Portland's "Living Room" and the city's "Cultural District". The Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Portland Art Museum and the Oregon Historical Society are all well known landmarks surrounding this iconic public space. The South Park Blocks and vicinity are also the home to several of the most notable late 19th and early 20th century churches in Portland. On this tour we'll visit up to nine of these fine buildings with a chance to view several interiors. We'll also see some of the earliest and latest stained glass designs by the legendary Povey Brothers Glass company. Changes in church-going habits have impacted these faith communities, and we'll learn how many congregations have adapted to these changes.

Tour covers approximately 20 city blocks on easy urban terrain.

Tour lasts from 2 to 3 hours, depending on availability of interior viewing.

Come prepared for varying weather conditions.

Fee for this narrated tour is $10.

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  • Eric W.

    I will be repeating many of the late Fall and early Winter tours in the first part of 2014. There was lots of interest and many good comments about the Churches tour. It will be repeated. Next time, probably on a Saturday late morning or early afternoon. Thanks for asking.

    January 2, 2014

  • Sue F

    I shall be sorry to miss this. Got to work. I hope you repeat it, Eric?

    December 23, 2013

    • Robin

      I was out of town :(, but I would love to attend if it were repeated sometime.

      January 2, 2014

  • Eric W.

    Sandra, Absolutely, you are more than welcome to bring a guest. Bring two! :-) See you tomorrow.

    December 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry I was not able to attend;and, especially sorry that it was last minute notice. It looks like it was a great success!

      1 · December 31, 2013

  • Paula G

    Thanks Eric - what a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

    December 30, 2013

  • Emi

    Another great outing visiting old churches and hearing their histories. Thank you, Eric, for an enjoyable afternoon. Happy New Year, everyone!

    December 29, 2013

  • Eric W.

    We had a fine group of returning and new Uniquely Portland adventurers today. We saw some of the best of Portland's historic worship spaces. I was fortunate to have some great helpers joining us on the tour. Thanks to all.

    December 29, 2013

  • Mimi

    Learned a lot and enjoyed it: great day! Thank you

    December 29, 2013

  • Ann G.

    Great excursion -- wonderful and varied churches, extraordinary interiors. Terrific job, Eric.

    December 29, 2013

  • Christoph

    Nice job Eric. I enjoyed the tour and your tremendous knowledge about Portland history and the architecture.

    1 · December 29, 2013

  • Rhonda C.

    Well done tour!! Enjoyed all the architectural expertise and added historical tidbits. The selection of churches was diverse with crossovers of each other. I would recommend this adventure to everyone interested in the origins of Portland. Thanks so much for making it a wonderful afternoon! xo

    December 29, 2013

  • Laurie

    One of the best! It ties in with a repeat of PBS series episode "Nova" re: building the great European cathedrals.

    December 29, 2013

  • Eric W.

    We have a large group this afternoon. If you are on the waiting list or have just joined the waiting list, feel free to show up. We usually have some last minute cancellations. See you before 1:00 PM in front of the First Christian Church (photo above),

    December 29, 2013

    • chanel

      What intersection is that?

      December 29, 2013

  • Sharon

    Sorry for the late cancellation. I hope someone else will be able to take my spot. Enjoy the afternoon!

    December 29, 2013

  • Eric W.

    Mimi, I think that should work. See you tomorrow!

    December 28, 2013

  • Mimi

    I went ahead and paid for an extra guest on line tonight, hope that you will be able to squeeze him in also last minute. Thanks! Mimi

    December 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi. I would like to have my 28 year old daughter come with me. Is that okay?

    December 28, 2013

  • Galen

    Oy, I'm on the waiting list with my wife for this one.

    December 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes I just paid the $10 on paypal as well.

    December 23, 2013

  • Eric W.

    Greetings, Please note that, as usual, the fee for this narrated tour is $10. That information did not appear in the original posting. Please update your RSVP if you cannot attend. It looks as if there may be a waiting list. Thanks, Eric

    December 23, 2013

    • Marilyn S.

      I did pay the $10 fee using PayPal. Hope you get notice of it soon. See you there.

      December 23, 2013

  • Eric W.

    Hi Folks! I have just set a limit for this tour at 20 participants. I find that up to 20 is an ideal number for a city tour. We will be viewing the interior of several of these churches and 20 or less works best for inside tours. See you on the 29th!

    December 22, 2013

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