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New Market Block

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Identification

New Market Block
New Market Theater
234692

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
brick
white dark red
renaissance revival

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • The building was to be demolished in 1968 before the newly-formed Portland Historic Landmarks Commission stopped the plans for its demise.
  • In 1882, the Portland Symphony started out at New Market Theater.
  • Before the building was built, the site was used as Portland Pioneer Cemetery.
  • The building was originally financed by a local business tycoon named Alexander Ankeny.
  • Due to limited funds the New Market Building changed hands with a lease to the Staver and Walker Company in 1887.
  • The final performance was on October 30, 1887.
  • On the next business day after its final theatre performance concluded, construction began to remodel the theater building into office and warehouse space for farm equipment, November 1, 1887.
  • The south wing of the New Market Block was completed in 1871.
  • The grand opening was on March 24, 1875; although, the north wing construction completed in 1872.
  • The original 1200-seat theater was located on the second and third floor.
  • The building was modelled after The Booth Theatre in New York City.

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Location

50 SW 2nd Avenue
120 SW Ankeny Street
SW 1st Avenue
50 SW 2nd Avenue
97204
Oldtown/Chinatown
Portland
Oregon
U.S.A.

Technical Data

11.55 m
3
1872
2002
$100,000

Involved Companies

Piper & Burton

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2002

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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