Despite all the physical trauma wreaked in downtown Portland lately, few people may have noticed that one of the city’s historic architectural jewels has undergone a modest renovation that makes it sparkle, well, like new.
The building was closed for a few months late last year as workers repainted the ornate coffered ceiling that stands 30 feet above the marble floor. While the building was closed, a talkative security guard explained that the top two floors were being refashioned into prime office space, while the grand main-floor bank was being polished in its original condition.
From the exterior and in the grand lobby, there are no hints that this building was erected in two pieces; they blend together perfectly. The only indication, according to the loquacious security guard, is a bump in the basement floor. The block slopes modestly from west to east, and Doyle maintained the block-long lobby by creating a platform with a double-sided stairway at the west entrance.
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