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Public Service Building

Identification

Public Service Building
122639

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
applied masonry
light gray
neo-classicism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • In 1999, the cost of the renovation was US $20 million.
  • Originally, the building consisted of one 16-story body with two 2-story wings; In 1957 the two 2-story wing were extended to 12-story each.
  • The original red-and-green neon signs on the top of building were taken down in 1973.
  • The neon signs read: heat, light, and gas aimed in different directions.
  • Charles K. Greene began the initial design process.
  • The building was the tallest in Portland until the early 1960s.
  • The signs were taken down when the original red-tile roof was replaced by a metal one.
  • One of the major goals during the 1999 building renovation was to reduce energy costs by about US $160,000 per year with new and more efficient technologies.
  • The 1999 renovation completed a month early and at a savings of nearly US $2 million.
  • Since 1976, the building has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Architect A.E. Doyle died three weeks after the building's grand opening in January 1928.
  • The Goodman family purchased the building in 1992 from New England Life Insurance Co. for, the Oregonian reportedly, US $3 million.

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Location

920 SW 6th Avenue
97204
Downtown
Downtown
Portland
Oregon
U.S.A.

Technical Data

80.16 m
67.06 m
67.06 m
16
1927
1999

Involved Companies


Charles Greene
tenant

1999

GBD Architects
Hoffman Construction Company
Columbia Wire & Iron Works

Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
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