Kudos To The Historic Preservation Community In My Home State—Oregon

On October 15, in Nashville, at a ceremony that presented its first award to former First Lady Laura Bush, The National Historic Preservation Trust awarded The Portland Development Commission, SERA Architects, and the Heritage Consulting Group with the “2009 National Preservation Honor Award” for the rehabilitation of Portland’s historic downtown Meir & Frank store building into Oregon’s first 5-star hotel and modern retail space while embracing LEED goals.

The building that was put on the Register of Historic places in 1982 once held the world’s longest continuous escalator, and at one time was the largest retail outlet west of the Mississippi.

Go here to read more about the history of Meier & Frank and how for more than a century it was the Pacific Northwest’s premier department store and retail outlet.

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