The Lloyd District began as the dream of California oilman and real estate developer, Ralph Lloyd (1875-1953). Lloyd began investing in the Holladay Park neighborhood in 1910, and by the 1920s he developed a grand scheme of real estate development that would create a new “downtown” in NE Portland. His vision included a major retail center surrounded by office towers and apartment buildings. He only managed to build a few modest office buildings and a Sears Store before the Depression and WWII put his plans on hold. It was his two daughters who realized his dream with the opening of the Lloyd Center in 1960.
Over the past twenty years, a number of office towers, motels, senior housing projects and a major sports arena were built in what we know today as the Lloyd District. Many of these buildings reflect the modernist aesthetic of the mid-20th century. Our tour starts in one of the finest commercial designs by the Portland office of Skidmore, Owings
Resources along the tour
1- 1425 NE Irving St - Lloyd Plaza/Concorde Career College (1963) -
2- 1500 NE Irving - (1965) - Brutalist
3- Banfield Freeway (1955)
4- Bonneville Power Administration Building (1954) - rectangular to north
5- BPA Building (1985) curved facade on the south side of BPA "campus"
6- 830 NE Holladay (1949) The rather generic "stripped Classical" buildings
7- 827 NE Oregon (1947) were as far as Ralph Lloyd got in creating an
8- 729 NE Oregon (1947) east side "downtown".
9- 710 NE Holladay (1950)
10 - 800 NE Oregon State Office Bldg (1991) domed vaguely post-Modern
11- Lloyd Center (1959) – Ralph’s dream finally realized by his family, the Lloyd Foundation
12 - 700 NE Multnomah St (1973) - tall office building in NW corner of new development with 'scapular' bays and
13 - 825 NE Multnomah St (????) - Lloyd Center Office Tower - condos also - connects to Lloyd Center through skywalk on
14 - 500 NE Multnomah St (1974) Kaiser Office Tower - the third of 3 "skyscrapers in the
15 - 1021 NE Grand- ExecuLodge/Eastlund (1963) -
9:30AM – 12:00PM
9:30 – 10:00 check-in
10:00 - 10:30 lecture
10:30 – 12:00 walking tour
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$10 for members; $15 for non-members; $5 for students