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AHC Members Holiday Open House

First Friday, December 5, 2014

4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.    



Raise a cup of cheer, see the exhibits, and….


  4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Book signing by William J. Hawkins, III FAIA,

author of The Legacy of the Olmsted Brothers in Portland 

Portland architect and historian William J. Hawkins, III FAIA will sign his most recent book The Legacy of the Olmsted Brothers in Portland from 4:15 – 5:30 pm. The important new work, filled with beautiful photographs and illustrative maps, explores the lasting influence of the nationally-famous landscape designers on the parks and boulevards of the Rose City. Bill is also the author of Classic Houses of Portland, Oregon, 1850-1950, and The Grand Era of Cast-Iron Architecture in Portland, and well-known for his restoration work on many local landmarks (including West’s Block, the home of the Architectural Heritage Center).

6:30 p.m. - Poetry reading by David Pickering, part of the “Perspectives” art exhibit

Part of the First Friday events for “Perspectives,” an art exhibit presented at the AHC by three Portland artists. Poet David Pickering will read the poems which inspired the exhibit and some of his other work.

Periodically - Tours of on-site collections storage spaces

If you like the behind-the-scenes perspective, join in on one of the storage space tours that will happen about every half hour. You can see our seismically-stable stained glass storage, and the brand-new hardware conservation containers.

Throughout - Refreshments!

You are welcome to bring a friend to enjoy the festivities!


You can also see:

Old Growth Architecture: the Art, Craft, and Function of Wood

Artifacts illustrating the abundant use of wood in our region’s architecture. Presenting sponsor: Versatile Wood Products; Supporting sponsors Miller Paint and WILLCO; Friend sponsor: Full Circa, Inc. (Pssst: This exhibit is coming down in late December so be sure to come for a final look!)

Logos, Monograms, and Corporate Imagery: the Fine Ornament of Emblematic Hardware

Hardware as advertising and celebration! From the Foundation collections and some loaned items.

California Artware on loan from members Phil and Laura Allhands


Photo: Victorian light fixture detail, Bosco-Milligan Foundation Collection

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