Leftbank is conceived as point in the city where many of the great threads of Portland culture weave together… early on there was a sketchbook, and a scribbled list within whose first word was “bikes”. Many moons later there are stamped drawings of showers and locker rooms, and loads of space dedicated to long term parking… and plans for the framebuilder’s shop, and for the school where she learned to do her thing. Somehow connected to that came the so-called ‘big event’, too, which should probably have another posting on here somewhere. Our hope is to make a tangible contribution to the nascent conversation about what buildings and bikes have to do with each other. more
On the second floor of the Hazelwood building, one finds the single most iconic space in the entire Leftbank district. It is a triangular shaped room flanked by half moon arched windows on its’ northern and western ends. These windows make up the top of A.E. Doyle’s great brick archways; visible to any eyes traveling from downtown today (or southbound on the flint avenue bike sneak) and trace the same elegant lines undoubtedly taken in by Thelonious, Satchmo and so many others in times past. They’re what make this building a landmark in Portland. The space was originally the site of the bakery in the Hazelwood Creamery, and houses a man sized safe, among other things. Maple floors, exposed rafters and high ceilings… and then there’s the view. It’s good. more
Seen from above, Leftbank, Greenroom, and the triangle lot in front of them form a wedge-shaped island that splits traffic into 2 directions just east of the Broadway Bridge. The plans to bring the Portland Streetcar across the river have marked the tip of that triangle as the first stop on the east side. It’s true now that a walk from Leftbank to the Pearl District or Old Town takes just minutes, but the easy connection that the streetcar makes is bound to affect how people think about that distance. more
What a lovely floor. It’s the top of the old Hazelwood building and the 1950’s ‘storage’ building. Two large rooms, one triangular (about 6,000 square feet) and with a tasty panoramic view of the west hills and north Portland; the other, 5,000 sq.ft, with not a single column… clear spanning beams make for one contiguous maple floor, nearly 50’x100′. An exposed ceiling w/ an uncharacteristically deep hue + some new skylights equals something that’s really nice. more
In the Leftbank, the lobby is imagined to be more of a living room than anything else. It’s a place to gather, connect with a visitor, or just sit down and have a drink (we’d like to see a cafe in there). It’s adjacent to the ballroom space, but as different as can be. The space was historically used for packing and shipping, it’s garage doors on the west opening up onto Wheeler street to allow the exchange. As a result, this space was never finished out beyond the most utilitarian standard. We intend to keep it that way, but add some soft furniture and good coffee, and probably sweep the floors a bit more often. more
Aside from housing the most iconic (and public) spaces in the building, the 1st floor has some great tenant spaces, as well. The main floor of the garage building is a (roughly 5000sq.ft.) room with access to both Vancouver and Wheeler streets. Originally an auto garage, this one was built to last. Concrete walls and floor and heavy timber posts and beams above. Clean light from southern clerestories make for an energetic yet introspective space. more
The spaces dedicated to retail in the Leftbank are a diverse lot. The first one to talk about is, of course, the ‘ballroom’. It was originally a family restaurant – a part of the Hazelwood Creamery operation – and built out in the high style of the roaring 20’s. A ceiling adorned with plaster relief work (lit with inspired wall sconces) was, and remains, the show stopper. The space later flipped into a bar, and then a post-war black and tan jazz landmark called The Dude Ranch. …Not to be outdone, some 30 years later Multicraft Plastics turned it into their plastics showroom. Of course it’s hard to blame them – it is the most visible space in the building. Situated on the Northwest corner, alongside Broadway, the space is hard to miss. more
suite 308 is the home of ORANGEWALLstudios architecture + planning
ORANGEWALLstudios architecture and planning offers a collaborative design process for each client. We provide architecture and interior design services for health care, institutional, commercial, retail and residential clients, working closely with you to design your entire building or a custom piece of furniture.
suite 129 is home to Portland Farmers Market.
Portland Farmers Market was founded in 1992 by a small group of community activists who wanted “to bring the best of the country to the heart of the city.” The original Saturday market at Albers Mill had 13 vendors. Several of those first vendors still sell at PFM. By 2006, PFM had grown to 3 downtown weekly markets with vendor sales in excess of $5 million. In 2006, the market organizers added the management of a fourth market – the Eastbank Farmers Market.
The goals in 1992 were the same as the goals are today – to create venues where local farmers can connect directly with Portland consumers, to build community in an urban setting, and to provide public education on regional farming, gardening and food preparation.
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Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership that is helping to responsibly develop ocean energy by connecting stakeholders, supporting research and development, and engaging in public outreach and policy work.