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

On exhibit through October, 2016.

This exciting new 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

CURRENT Artist Exhibit

Under the Influence

Open through July 30, 2016

Artists Suzanne Flynn and Susan CR Cunningham bring back their impressions from a month’s stay in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Suzanne and Susan traveled to this UNESCO world heritage site to experience its unique setting, rich culture and colorful way of life. Their work, although quite different in style and format, was influenced by what they saw in this city that has architecture and cobbled streets dating from the 17th and 18th centuries.

About the Artists:

Suzanne Flynn, whose interpretation is highly textural with bold abstractions relating to the colors and forms in SMA, has shown at Gallery 114, Talisman Gallery, and Trolley Barn Artists. Susan CR Cunningham, whose work is drenched with color and architectural elements, has shown with Talisman Gallery, Trolley Barn Artists, and private shows in the Northwest.

About events related to the show:

Both Suzanne and Susan will be available to discuss their work, trip, and techniques at the reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on June 3, 2016.  On display will be photographs of San Miguel de Allende that influenced their work.


Logos, Monograms, & Corporate Imagery

The Fine Ornament of Emblematic Hardware

Liz’s Antique Hardware Gallery

With 19th century advances in manufacturing technology, custom-designed building hardware became widely popular. Corporations, clubs, hotels, public schools and countless other organizations attempted to enhance their “brand identity” through hardware emblazoned with building imagery, logos, and monograms. In the Portland area, the Morning Oregonian newspaper and the Woodmen of the World were just two of the organizations that fitted their buildings with this type of custom emblematic hardware.

Using carefully selected pieces from the Bosco-Milligan Foundation’s Collection and from private collectors, this exhibit tells the story of emblematic hardware, both at the national and local level. You’ll be amazed at the detailed design work and quality – something that has been lost in today’s world where building ownership and interior décor are in a constant state of change.


Early Works of William L. Fletcher, Architect

Opening reception: Friday, August 5th 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Free and open to the public

Open through September 30, 2016

In 1956, William Fletcher established an office in a house near downtown Portland, sharing the space with several other young architects.  So began the firm which is now FFA Architecture and Interiors, Inc.  As we celebrate 60 years of design excellence, we continue to honor the values Bill built upon.


FFA is pleased to present a collection of Bill’s early hand-drawings, many of which illustrate how, along with designers such as John Yeon and Pietro Belluschi, Bill helped shape a regional Northwest vernacular style of architecture using indigenous materials and forms echoing the landscape and traditional building types.