A couple of cool events coming up that warrant some mention:
At 7 p.m. Feb. 22, PSU professor Carl Abbott and Thomas Robinson of Historic Photo Archives will talk about “Renewal and Removal in North/Northeast Portland” as part of the History Pub sponsored by the Oregon Historical Society and the Holy Names Heritage Center. The session focuses on the dramatic changes to the landscape radiating from NE Broadway and Interstate Avenue beginning in the 1950s. The speakers explore the policies that determined which buildings are saved and which are lost. The event takes place at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave.
At 10 a.m. Feb. 27, “Houses Without Names – Portland’s Everyday Vintage Houses” will be presented by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Thomas Hubka at the Architectural Heritage Center.
Hubka’s Portland research is a part of a national study of America’s popular “common” vernacular – everyday houses. This includes the documentation of duplexes, cottages, bungalows, multi-unit, and manufactured housing. Instead of classifying housing exclusively by architectural style – and short-changing an abundance of wonderful buildings – Hubka emphasizes floor plan and room function analysis (as well as massing and style). Plan analysis has the advantage of not excluding any houses, even the most simple.