Join the Architectural Heritage Center for A Tour of Historic Washington High School:
Take a tour of historic Washington High School and see work in progress to convert this Southeast Portland landmark into office and retail spaces, along with an event space that will utilize the wonderful auditorium.
Built in 1923 after a fire destroyed the 1906 school building, Washington High School stands today as a testament to views on public education in the 1920s. It is also a superb example of the work of the architectural firm Houghtaling and Dougan and the most intact surviving school in the Classical Revival style. The school closed in 1981, and for more than 30 years, the building has been under-utilized, housing other services, hosting arts events and even refugees from Hurricane Katrina. Now, however, the building is being brought back to life by Venerable Development, LLC. Join us for this hard-hat tour and you’ll learn some of the history of this Buckman Neighborhood landmark, how the building has now been saved from the wrecking ball, the restoration work being done, and plans for the historic school that promise an exciting future!
Meet at the entrance to Washington High School at 531 SE 14th Avenue, just off Stark Street.