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Tour Day 2018: The Architectural Legacy of the Lloyd District

October 13, 2018, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tour Day 2018: The Architectural Legacy of the Lloyd District

The Lloyd District began as the dream of California oil man and real estate developer, Ralph Lloyd (1875-1953). Lloyd began investing in the Holladay Park neighborhood in 1910, and by the 1920s he developed a grand scheme of real estate development that would create a new “downtown” in NE Portland. His vision included a major retail center surrounded by office towers and apartment buildings. He only managed to build a few modest office buildings and a Sears Store before the Depression and WWII put his plans on hold. It was his two daughters who realized his dream with the opening of the Lloyd Center in 1960.


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Over the next twenty years a number of office towers, motels, senior housing projects and a major sports arena were built in what we know today as the Lloyd District. Many of these buildings reflect the modernist aesthetic of the mid-20th century. Our tour starts in one of the finest commercial designs by the Portland office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill; the Lloyd Plaza/Concorde Career College (1963). We’ll then walk through the Lloyd District viewing several other buildings from that time period concluding the tour at the ExecuLodge/Eastlund Hotel (1963) with social time at the Eastlund’s Altabira Restaurant after the tour.


Agenda (9:30AM – 12:00PM)
9:30 – 10:00 check-in
10:00 – 10:45 lecture with Q&A
10:45 – 12:00 guided walking tour


Participants will receive 2 AIA CEU learning credits for attending this event.


The lecture portion of our program includes presentations by:
Kyle W. Andersen, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at GBD Architects
Eric Wheeler, Architectural Historian


Starting location – 1425 NE Irving St – Lloyd Plaza/Concorde Career College (1963)


Resources along the tour

  1. 1425 NE Irving St – Lloyd Plaza/Concorde Career College (1963) – start of tour
  2. 1500 NE Irving – (1965) – Brutalist
  3. Banfield Freeway (1955)
  4. Bonneville Power Administration Building (1954) – rectangular to north
  5. BPA Building (1985) curved facade on south side of BPA “campus”
  6. 830 NE Holladay (1949) The rather generic “stripped Classical” buildings
  7. 827 NE Oregon (1947) were as far as Ralph Lloyd got in creating an
  8. 729 NE Oregon (1947) east side “downtown”.
  9. 710 NE Holladay (1950)
  10. 800 NE Oregon State Office Bldg (1991) domed vaguely post-Modern
  11. Lloyd Center (1959) – Ralph’s dream finally realized by his family, the Lloyd Foundation
  12. 700 NE Multnomah St (1973) – tall office building in NW corner of new development with ‘scapular’ bays and pilotis
  13. 825 NE Multnomah St (????) – Lloyd Center Office Tower – condos also – connects to Lloyd Center through sky walk on east side
  14. 500 NE Multnomah St (1974) Kaiser Office Tower – the third of 3 “skyscrapers in the Hasalo Plaza area
  15. 1021 NE Grand- ExecuLodge/Eastlund (1963) – Altabira Restaurant and end of tour


About DoCoMoMo Oregon
DoCoMoMo: documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement.

Docomomo Oregon is a non-profit dedicated to promoting the interest, education, and advocacy of the architecture, art, landscape, and urban design of the Modern Movement. We offer interactive programs including, walking-tours of our states modern movement buildings, sites, and neighborhoods, as well as educational lectures led by nationally recognized architectural historians, architects, and preservationists.

Docomomo is an international organization founded in 1988, with over 2,000 active members. We are the statewide regional chapter of Docomomo US, itself a chapter of Docomomo International.


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1425 NE Irving St
1425 NE Irving St
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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