at the Architectural Heritage Center

Selling the Rose City: Portland Souvenirs and the Imagery of Place

Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery at the Architectural Heritage Center

Opening Reception, Friday, March 2, 6pm-8pm

Historic Sales Tools for Home Remodeling

Imagine a time about 50 years ago, when you might have walked into your old neighborhood hardware store and found items that spanned the decades. There would be new products like vinyl flooring or the latest in hardware for your kitchen cabinets, but you’d also find other items that harken back to an earlier era. In this new exhibit, you’ll see displays and product samples of paint, hardware, and other home improvement items. In fact, just about any aspect of home improvement is represented, from roof to floor, electrical, hardware, wood, tile, wallpaper, linoleum, and more. You’ll see an interesting variety of new-yet-old items and sales displays, some of which (for obvious reasons) are for products that are no longer sold.

The exhibit setting in Liz’s Antique Hardware Gallery on the Grand Avenue street front recalls the earliest days of our 1883 building, West’s Block, when Nathaniel West and family operated a general store here. ┬áThe items on display come from several collections donated to the AHC in recent years, as well as a few items from our founders Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan, and others on loan for this exhibit.