Portland Landmarks and Monuments

(Portland, Oregon - OR, USA)

Portland's downtown and surrounding areas are liberally peppered with historical buildings, landmarks, monuments and memorials, providing visitors with captivating snippets of the past as well as a means of orientation.

Japanese American Historical Plaza

Address: Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon (OR), USA
Tel: +1 503 823 7529
Located at the northern end of the Waterfront Park, close to the steel bridge, the Japanese American Historical Plaza is a unique and beautiful sculpture garden. Dotted with cherry trees, the plaza serves as a memorial to the Japanese Americans who were detained in concentration camps during WWII.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Pittock Mansion

Address: 3229 NW Pittock Drive, Portland, Oregon (OR), 97210, USA
Tel: +1 503 823 3624
The former home of Henry Louis Pittock, founder of Portland's daily newspaper, was completed in 1914 and represents a harmonious combination of 17th, 18th and 19th century French and British architectural styles. The Pittock Mansion houses a splendid collection of original antique furnishings and fine art, and is located more than half a mile above sea level, amid beautiful gardens that allow panoramic views of the Cascade mountain range.
Open hours: daily, February to June, September to January - 11:00 to 16:00; July and August - 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts for seniors and under 18s, children under six free

Pioneer Courthouse Square

Address: Southwest Broadway and Yamhill Street, Portland, Oregon (OR), USA
Tel: +1 503 223 1613
This bricked plaza in the heart of downtown Portland was specifically designed as an urban centre open to all and is affectionately known as 'Portland's living room'. Square houses, an amphitheater, a travel bookstore, fountain, coffee shop, weather machine and visitor information centre are all squeezed into the Pioneer Courthouse Square, which doubles as exhibit space for works art.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Portland Building and Portlandia

Address: Southwest Fifth Avenue (between Main and Madison streets), Portland, Oregon (OR), USA
The heavy set, pastel colored Portland Building has the distinction of being the first major postmodern architectural structure in the world and is fronted by the hammered copper Portlandia statue, a massive image of the Goddess of Commerce. At 39 feet tall, the Portlandia statue is second only in size to the Statue of Liberty and is one of Portland's most striking landmarks.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Address: 4000 SW Fairview Boulevard (in Washington Park, next to the Forestry Discovery Centre) Portland, Oregon (OR), 97221, USA
Tel: +1 503 823 3654
Winding its way up the landscaped hill at the southern end of the Hoyt Arboretum, this black granite memorial commemorates those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free