Current Exhibits

at the Architectural Heritage Center

The Architectural Heritage Center mounts rotating gallery exhibits drawn from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation’s renowned collection of architectural artifacts, as well as exhibits of the work of local artists.

The Industry & Artistry of Portland Windows

Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery

On exhibit through November 5, 2016

This exhibit explores the construction and design of windows throughout history with an emphasis on local companies, artisans, and products.

Industry and Artistry focuses on the years 1880 to 1930 when art glass and millwork manufacturing were at their heights in Portland and the United States. Many of the windows on display, including some beautiful stained glass, were salvaged by our founders, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan from buildings demolished in the 1960s and 1970s.

The exhibit tells the story of glassmaking, from ancient history to the 20th century, and how glass came to be used in windows like those we see and use every day. You’ll also learn about the dearth of local window glassmakers in Portland, even at a time when there were many Portland area wood window sash companies. By the mid-nineteenth century, wood sash windows were common in American architecture. They were mass produced and not only could a builder or homeowner acquire them at a local millwork company, they could purchase windows through mail order catalogs.

The exhibit will also explore the use of art glass in windows, particularly stained glass. Included in this story is the famous Povey Brothers Glass Company, which for a time dominated the art glass industry in Portland, producing amazing windows. We’ll also include a nod to our founders who operated a stained glass company of their own in the 1970s – early 1980s.

Sponsored by the Oregon Heritage Commission

Additional Support by Merrill Lynch, David Schlicker Stained Glass Studio, Inc., & Jackie Peterson-Loomis

The Beauty of Historic Hardware

Liz’s Antique Hardware Gallery

On exhibit through February 4, 2017

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.

Old Portland: Drawings by Aaron Trotter

October 7 through November 26

First Friday Reception, November 4, 6-8 pm
Artist’s Talk November 4, 7 pm


Celebrating the 6th anniversary of Illustrated Playing Cards this October, local artist Aaron Trotter will release a new deck of cards focusing on the City of Roses. The new series of 52 drawings, entitled Old Portland, will document the city’s oldest buildings in pen and ink on paper.