|Arcoa additions seen from SE 7th and Yamhill (Ink:Built Architecture)|
For 25 years or so, little seemed to change in Portland’s least known National Historic District that includes about 20 blocks along a spine of Southeast Grand Avenue.
Now pandemic nowithstanding, the East Portland Grand Avenue Historic District is buzzing with renovations and plans for major new buildings. New buildings are not designed to not look ersatz “old” but are intended to fit the context of the district by taking design cues from nearby historic buildings.
|Arcoa Building, left, with sidecar (Ink:Built Architecture)|
Through the block on Grand, a two-story “sidecar” building will abut the Arcoa and provide access to the upper floors of the Arcoa. At the same time, it is tied to the eight-story structure immediately behind the sidecar.
|Grand Belmont Apartments, left, Arcoa Building right|
Now, after a delay due to the pandemic, renovation is continuing rapidly at the former Gayosa/Chamberlain/Schleifer building that is being substantially remodeled into a boutique hotel.
|Hotel Grand Stark|