Explore the architecture, history and culture of Portland and environs with architectural historian Eric Wheeler. These walking tours feature downtown Portland and the surrounding historic neighborhoods as well as other communities in the greater Portland area. Eric's tours are designed for new arrivals, visitors and long-time Portland residents. The easy walking pace is designed to allow plenty of opportunity to see the sites, hear the guide and engage socially with other participants. This is a Meetup after all! :-) The tours typically meet and end at a restaurant, pub or coffee shop, to allow for optional social time with the group before or after the tour. There is a fee for these researched and guided walking tours. Typically $15 per tour. There is no fee to join the Meetup and follow the schedule of walking tours.
Montavilla is a vintage "Streetcar Era" neighborhood situated on the east slope of Mt Tabor. Sparked by the restoration of the 1940s era Academy Theater in 2006, the small commercial district is experiencing a revitalization similar to several of the other early 20th century neighborhoods in Portland.
We'll start with an interior view of the Academy Theater and then walk down Stark Street to get the flavor of the commercial district in Montavilla. We'll continue with a stroll into the surrounding residential neighborhood on our way to view the architecturally significant Monastery of the Precious Blood, now St Andrews Senior Living center. We'll have a chance to view the interior of the well preserved historic chapel.
After the tour we'll have the option to gather and socialize at one of the several dining spots in the vicinity.
The fee for this tour is $15. You may pay with cash, check or credit card at the start of the tour. You may also use PayPal by following this link: http://bit.ly/22q0waD