Portland City Hall

1220 SW 5th Ave., Portland, Oregon


Main (west) elevation

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey



The Portland City Hall is an outstanding example of Renaissance Revival Style architecture and is one of the principal early buildings of public architecture remaining in Portland from the late Nineteenth Century. It is considered to be a masterpiece of the firm of Whidden and Lewis, the leading firm of Portland architects in the period. The building was planned for fireproof construction, central heating, electric wiring as well as gas lighting, and for public telephones and elevators. It is a very early example of a steel framed building in Portland and employed other innovative engineering techniques. -- Historic American Buildings Survey

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1974
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian: Renaissance
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic function
City hall
Current function
City hall
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • April 24, 2018: New photos from Richard Doody
  • June 22, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER