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The Architectural Heritage Center of Portland is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the architectural heritage of the city. The center itself has one of the most extensive collections of architectural elements and artifacts to be found in the entire United States. Take a tour of the museum and marvel in their eclectic exhibitions of artifacts from different ages, times and places. Browse through their extensive research library for articles you need in your thesis or sign up for one of the walking tours of the city's heritage buildings which are regularly organized by the center.
Director Park occupies the heart of Downtown Portland and characterizes a unique, urbane space. Although essentially categorized as a park, the area does not comprise of any obvious natural vegetation. What it does comprise of, is a fountain, an inspired glass canopy that spans an area of 1,000 square feet (93 square meters), a cafe and some artwork. There is also a large parking space underneath the park, that connects to the Fox Tower and the Park Avenue West Tower. As an initiative to further the cultural spirit of the city, the park organizes year-round programs with a focus on arts and culture.
Embark on a diverse culinary sojourn with Portland's Forktown Food Tours. Offering an epicurean journey across Portland's most distinctive neighborhoods, the Forktwon Food Tours are the finest in the business. Stop by at the flamboyant Mexican food carts in the iconic Pearl District or explore some fine dining treasures along the Alphabet District. Experience Portland's nouveau culinary side on the Southeast Division Street and chug on beers from quaint microbreweries along the way. Through every walk you take and every treat you bite into, a Portlander foodie guide will engage you in a culinary commentary. For our vegetarian friends, this tour also includes vegetarian food stops.
Great entertainers such as Marvin Gaye, James Brown and the Grateful Dead have performed in this historic ballroom that is now owned by the McMenamin Brothers. Three on-site bars—including a popular nightclub, Ringlers - will satiate your hunger and thirst. It is worth a visit just to behold the local landmark's ornate chandeliers, picturesque windows and a 7500-square -foot (696.7728 square meters) dance floor that floats on ball-bearings.
Located in the basement of the Leftbank Building, the Upright Brewing Company is a delightful beer-producing gem headed by beer maestro Alex Ganum. This ingenious micro-brewery is inspired by the rustic tradition of French and Belgian farmhouse-style beer making, to which Ganum provides its own Pacific Northwestern twist. An adjacent tasting room invites beer mavens and enthusiasts alike to participate in pairings and tastings, accompanied by live blues music. This brewery is also part of a celebrated beer tour around Portland.
The Wells Fargo Museum in Portland provides an engaging glimpse into the history of the financial services company, Wells Fargo. The exhibits in the museum specifically address the ways in which the company established itself in the region and portray its fascinating early days. Located close to other popular attractions in the city, the Wells Fargo Museum provides interactive activities, temporary exhibitions and guided tours as well. Admission is free to the museum, and they regularly organize cultural and educational events.