at the Architectural Heritage Center

Parting Shots: Minor White’s Images of Portland,

1938 – 1942

March 3 – December 23, 2017

Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery at the Architectural Heritage Center

Minor White (1908 – 1976) was one of the most important American photographers of the 20th century. Originally from Minnesota, White’s professional career as a photographer began in Portland. Between 1938 – 1942 White was commissioned to document what amounted to the end of an era for some of the city’s most important early architecture. Downtown commercial buildings along and near Front Avenue (now Naito Parkway) were soon to be demolished, while not far away, some of the city’s most opulent 19th-century mansions were also targets of the wrecking ball. Working first with the New Deal-sponsored Oregon Art Project, and later the Portland Art Museum, the images White captured of grand-yet-dilapidated Portland buildings are both beautiful and haunting. They highlight the amazing craftsmanship and artistic merit of architecture from an era that was by that time, considered out of vogue and long past its prime.

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Minor White photo, Demolition of Opitz Building, SW Pine St. and First Ave., Portland, Oregon, 1939, Oregon Historical Society Research Library, OrHi 9312.

The Beauty of Historic Hardware

Liz’s Antique Hardware Gallery

Come see the work of 13 different American builder’s hardware manufacturers from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Exhibits and Collections Committee members Joanne Carlson and Valerie Bagnas co-curated the selection to provide an overview of the many types of hardware found in the Bosco-Milligan collections. Artifacts include drawer pulls, escutcheon plates, sash lifts, hinges and doorknobs – in wrought bronze, brass, nickel, glass, and more.

Several of the items on display were donated to the AHC by the late Maud Eastwood, nationally-recognized historic hardware scholar and author.  We mount the exhibit in memory of her many years of sharing her expertise with the AHC. She assisted greatly in exhibit development and design, and cataloguing and organizing thousands of artifacts, and we remain grateful for her steadfast commitment, encouragement, and friendship.

This exhibit is an outgrowth of hardware collections cataloguing and re-housing work funded by an Oregon Museum Grant in 2013 and 2014. We thank board member Jackie Peterson-Loomis for her support of label production, and curator Doug Magedanz and volunteer Philip Austin for their assistance in mounting the exhibit.