Photos by Intisar Abioto, Brian Johnson, and Lincoln Barbour.


On August 13 from 11-2pm (NEW TIME), you’re invited to a celebration of our West’s Block building at 701 SE Grand, the hub of our work!

We have an exciting line up of activities which include the following:
  • Short walking tours of our neighborhood at 11:00 am, 11:30 am, noon, and 12:30 pm.
  • Decorative plaster demonstrations by Plasterers Local 82 starting at noon.
  • Ice cream and refreshments from noon to 2pm
  • Music with Steve Cheseborough starting at 12:30 pm. Published author, independent scholar and accomplished blues musician, Cheseborough plays blues music in the style of the 1920s and 1930s.
  • Admission is free to members, $8 general public.

The August 13 event is the finale of a summer fundraising effort focused on caring for our center. We are asking for your support to maintain and activate this place. Help us keep the AHC, your center, at the center of preserving and learning about our city’s historic places by making a gift today!

We are excited to announce that the first $10,000 in gifts will be matched by Jim and Sue Kelly. Join them in supporting the AHC!

We have reached half of our matching goal, but we need your support to finish the match. Please show your love of our building and give generously.

On view will be our exhibits, Black Domain, a photographic exhibit by Portland-based artist Intisar Abioto, and Touring the Central Eastside, about the architecture of Portland’s Central Eastside neighborhood around our center 

If you’d like to attend the event, please RSVP here.

Sponsored by Plasterers Local 82 and Harris and Judith Matarazzo.

The story of our building

Our West’s Block building dates to the early days of our city when East Portland was its own city. Over the next century, the area around West’s Block became a booming center of industry and manufacturing to then develop into the ever-growing hub for design, IT innovation, maker spaces, and tourism that it is today. The area’s history is featured in our recent guidebook, Touring the Central Eastside: Architecture + History.

The building served many purposes during these years, from boarding house to biker bar, before it was purchased by the founders of our organization, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan. They established the nonprofit Bosco-Milligan Foundation to fulfill their vision of a having a center where their large collection of architectural artifacts could be used for education. 

Our founders died of AIDS in the 1980s before they could see their dream fully realized. Renovation of our historic West’s Block building to house the Architectural Heritage Center started in the 1990s and was completed shortly after the Center’s opening in February 2005.

We work to honor our founders educational goals every day. Our building makes it possible to learn about and advocate for our city’s historic places through exhibits, talks, tours and more.

Through rotating exhibits, we explore the history and cultural stories of our city’s architecture and feature our collection of architectural artifacts. We are beginning to plan in-person programs again on a wide range of topics related to Portland’s vintage buildings, homes, and public spaces. Our work to advocate for our historic places starts at the AHC, and our center is at the heart of discussions and talks about the role these places play in the future of our city. At our center, we plan the 100+ walking tours that feature the architecture and stories of historic neighborhoods all over the metro area.