SOP: Discovering the Architectural Heritage of Our Gorge Towns

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Along the Columbia: Discovering the Architectural Heritage of Our Gorge Towns with Ellen Shapley
Columbia Center for the Arts, 7 PM, doors at 6:30

Our small Gorge communities are hosts to remarkable displays of centuries of international, national and regional architectural styles: Italianate, Beaux Arts, Art Deco, Modernism, Classical, Gothic, Romanesque and more Revivals of all kinds. The look and feel of our downtowns and neighborhoods were influenced by events big and small, global and local: The stunning 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago; A WWI soldier and artist who carried his watercolors to war and returned to become a celebrated Washington architect; A creative and feisty new bride from London who brought her flare to Hood River; The discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922; A chance meet up in Florence, Italy between a newly minted Portland architect and a prominent local citizen. The forces and trends that shaped our built environment shaped the lives of the owners, the architects, the engineers and all who commissioned, designed and built our towns. Their stories are abundant, but unknown to most. Yet their legacies live on. Our towns are outdoor, living museums, a feast for the eyes, accessible daily, open 24/7 and free of charge. Join Gorge Owned for “Along the Columbia; Discovering the Architectural Heritage of Our Gorge Towns” led by architectural historian Ellen Shapley, April 10th at the Columbia Gorge Center for the Arts. This talk will prepare you for your next, more observant walk, run, ride, or drive through the streets of your Gorge town or your home town!

Ellen Shapley, MLIS, is an architectural historian and owner of ArchiTouring. She has given tours and lectures for the Architectural Heritage Center of Portland, the American Institute of Architects, the Portland Art Museum, the Hood River and Wasco County Museums and the Chicago Architecture Foundation where she received her initial training. She traces her love of history and architecture and her inquisitive nature to her father, a CPA and wannabe architect, who taught her that there’s always something intriguing to investigate, even in the small towns of Iowa. Ellen resides in Hood River with her husband, Ed Dietrich, and their Chocolate Lab, Daisy Girl.

Event Details:
GO Sense of Place
When – Wednesday, April 10, 7PM
Where -Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River Oregon
Cost – $5-$10 suggested donation
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About Gorge Owned
GO is a 501.c.3 member-supported organization with a mission to help people invest in a strong local economy, healthy environment and vibrant community in the Columbia River Gorge. With more than 200 individual and business members, GO! delivers year-round programming that informs and inspires people to invest in making the Gorge an even better place to live.

April 10 2019


Date: April 10
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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