Mid-century buildings get the axe


Several mid-century modern buildings in East Portland have been slated for demolition, but preservationists worry about losing a part of Portland’s architectural history.

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Several mid-century modern buildings in East Portland have been slated for demolition, but preservationists worry about losing a part of Portland’s architectural history.

“These buildings are still part of our age,” architect Peter Meijer said. “The architects are still living and practicing. We might be too young to judge their importance to future generations.”

In the past five years, demolition has been approved for several mid-century modern buildings in East Portland, often with limited design review and little opportunity for community input. That is because land-use regulations in the Central Eastside and Lloyd districts require full review by the city’s design commission only if an owner plans to invest more than $1.85 million in a project. That threshold is only $325,000 for a proposed demolition or renovation in downtown Portland, according to the Bureau of Development Services.

Read more at the Daily Journal of Commerce.

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