Thanks to sharp-eyed preservationist and planner John Bertram for sharing information on Portland’s own historic Armory, which he says enjoys wide support and visibility.
John was visiting Portland recently and says he…
“…discovered the Portland Armory behind Powell’s Books on Davis and 10th Ave. It was built in 1891 and placed on the NR [National Register] in 2000. A developer purchased it in 1999 as part of the Brewery Blocks package and sold it to the Portland Dev. Corporation (urban renewal agency) in 2003. Funds were raised along with New Market Tax Credits (NMTC) and historic tax credits to restore the exterior and build a new structure within the interior.
Renamed the Gerding Theater at the Armory, it now houses Portland Center Stage (non profit), with two theaters, a café, offices, and support space. The Armory is open to the public, reimagined and renovated on four pillars: history, theater, sustainability, and community.”
See John’s photos below: