The Architectural Legacy of the Lloyd District

Lloyd Plaza/Concorde Career College

1425 NE Irving St
Portland, Oregon
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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 and Merrill; the Lloyd Plaza/Concorde Career College (1963). We’ll then walk through the Lloyd District viewing several other buildings from that time period concluding the tour at the ExecuLodge/Eastlund Hotel (1963) with social time at the Eastlund’s Altabira Restaurant after the tour.


Resources along the tour
1- 1425 NE Irving St - Lloyd Plaza/Concorde Career College (1963) - start of tour
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 pilotis
13 - 825 NE Multnomah St (????) - Lloyd Center Office Tower - condos also - connects to Lloyd Center through skywalk on east side
14 - 500 NE Multnomah St (1974) Kaiser Office Tower - the third of 3 "skyscrapers in the Hasalo Plaza area
15 - 1021 NE Grand- ExecuLodge/Eastlund (1963) - Altabira Restaurant and end of the tour



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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