Portland Public Market
The Portland Public Market was a public market in Portland, Oregon, United States, built in 1933 at a widely advertised cost of $1 million. Controversial and ambitious, it was never as successful as the Carroll Public Market, centered at southwest Fifth and Yamhill Streets, which it was intended to replace.
Three stories tall with eleven-story towers, three blocks long, and with features including a gas station, rooftop parking, and a 500-seat auditorium, it was primarily a novelty, and struggled to retain tenants until finally closing in 1942. The architect was William G. Holford.
The building was leased to the U.S. Navy in 1943, then sold to The Oregon Journal in July 1946, for use as the newspaper's operations plant starting in 1948. After publishing from there for 13 years, the paper moved out in 1961, and the building stood unused until it was bought in 1968 by the City of Portland, which demolished it the next year to make way for an expansion of Harbor Drive, which itself was largely replaced in 1974 by Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
There is currently no permanent public market in the city, although plans are in progress to build the James Beard Public Market.
- Portland Public Market History
- Oregon Historical Society - Portland Public Market and Downtown
- MacColl, E. Kimbark (1979). The Growth of A City: Power and Politics in Portland, Oregon, 1915 to 1950. Portland, Oregon: The Georgian Press Company. p. 496. ISBN 0-9603408-1-5.
- City of Portland Auditor's Office - Historical Timeline
- Schmidt, Brad (October 30, 2016) [online date October 28]. "James Beard Public Market: Plans for Morrison Bridge location scrapped". The Oregonian. p. A6. Retrieved November 4, 2016.
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