Retro buildings face wrecking ball in Portland



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The demolition of buildings dating from the 1950s and 60s in Portland has some preservationists worried about losing a style of architecture and some history at the same time.

The Daily Journal of Commerce reports that 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.

Architect Peter Meijer says design review requirements and the inventory of East Portland buildings could lead to more mid-century structures being leveled rather than reused.

Meijer says that once a demolition permit is granted, preservationists can do little to save a building.

And many examples of mid-century architecture are not old enough for the National Register of Historic Places.


Information from: Daily Journal of Commerce,