Pioneer Place

Portland, OR | retail/mixed use

Pioneer Place catalyzed the development of Portland’s downtown area while maintaining the urban fabric, scale, and elegance of the district.

Context Plan

ELS initially worked with the Portland Development Commission preparing a master plan for downtown that accommodated a planned light rail system. With ELS’ assistance, the developer won the rights to develop several central blocks. Activating surrounding streets, Pioneer Place is a sensitively scaled three-block specialty retail, entertainment, restaurant, and office development that preserves views of the Willamette River from several adjacent blocks. On axis with the landmark Pioneer Courthouse, the project is finely detailed with cast stone, terra cotta, limestone, skylights, and glass canopies to maintain the scale and elegance of the historic district.


AIA East Bay Merit Award


Project Stats
  • Client

    Portland Development Commission


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