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Pioneer Courthouse Square where Portland tore down a parking structure in the heart of the city to put in a public Square now world renowned and known as “Portland’s Living room.”
The parking lot that predated Pioneer Courthouse Square (photo Portland City Archives)
Will Martin and his design team won in the competition to design a public square that would take the place of the parking lot above. Here is the wooden model of Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Wooden model of PC square
More about the design competition in entry A12 or in the hallway of the visitor center down by the KGW news room.
Opening day at the New Pioneer Courthouse Square. People checking out the bricks with the names of folks who donated money to the project. (Photo Portland City Archives)
Opening day at the New Pioneer Courthouse Square. (Photo Portland City Archives)
Pioneer Courthouse Square’s Allow Me statue.
Weather Machine at Pioneer Courthouse Square
The weather Machine was chosen by contest as well. See entry A12.
The weather machine predicts the days weather forecast everyday with grande fanfare and a changing of the talismans. Helia means the day will be sunny.
Dragon predicts stormy weather.
Heron predicts cloudy rainy weather.
Pioneer Courthouse Squares Echo Chamber.
Pioneer Courthouse Square Echo Chamber, stand on this granite disc and just start talking.
Inset in the wall of the Echo Chamber are bronze tiles, handmade by Gail Martin, depicting scenes from Portland’s Past.
Pioneer Courthouse Square bronze relief plaques in the amphitheater/echo chamber. This one tells of the famous coin-toss to name the city.
It also turns out that the design team were Fibonacci nutters, nautilus shells and sunflower spirals decorate the square in odd places.
Fibonacci Spiral in center of Square
Fibonacci Pioneer Courthouse Square during A Festival of Flowers. (Image from the cover of a Frommer’s Guidebook to Portland.