Old Town

Illuminating 120 Years of Portland History

Old TownFor ten nights this December, the history of Portland’s Old Town will be illuminated in the windows of the long-vacant 1881 Mariner’s Building. Illumination #1, a site-specific animated work by educator and animator Rose Bond, will use the windows of the historic building as screens for still and moving images that evoke specific gestures, story fragments, and names to explore the identities of the Chinese, Japanese, Jewish, Roma, and other residents of Old Town and Chinatown. The 1881 Mariner’s Building is itself being fully transformed into the Society Hotel, European-style lodging slated to open in May 2015.


Illumination #1 opRooms (2)ens on First Thursday, December 4, at 209 NW Third Avenue. The project is part of the “Illuminations Series” of the Old Town History Project, a community-based history, art and culture organization devoted to the preservation and revitalization of Portland’s oldest surviving historic district. Restore Oregon Advisor Jackie Peterson and Board member Chris D’Arcy assisted with bringing the installation to Old Town.


The public can view Bond’s installation at the intersection of NW Third and Davis Streets between 6pm and 8pm on the nights of December 4-7, 12-14, and 19-21.

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One Response to Illuminating 120 Years of Portland History

  1. Mary McMurray December 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Dear Brandon, I enjoy reading your posts, especially this one. It’s a fascinating project, and I hope that Rose Bond will continue to find suitable properties where she can incorporate her work (before the whole town is “developed” and gentrified)!

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