The Architectural Heritage Center mounts rotating gallery exhibits drawn from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation’s renowned collection of architectural artifacts, one of the largest in the United States.
Historically, abundant forested lands in the Pacific Northwest provided the raw material for construction in Portland and beyond. However, wood was not just for structural use. The development of local sawmills and woodworking machines coincided with the High Victorian Era interest in rich decoration.
Using artifacts and library materials from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation Collection, this exhibit explores the use of wood in our region’s architecture, from pioneer days through the 1960s. You’ll learn how important and prevalent wood was both economically and as a source of shelter. You’ll also find that wood was once used for just about everything from plumbing fixtures to siding, and quite literally, everything in-between!