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A photograph speaks volumes and remains etched in the memory for a long time. Black Box Gallery is a wonderful place for photography enthusiasts. Founded by Todd Johnson, this hidden gem features a rotating collection of contemporary photographers from all over the globe. Its minimalist decor is accentuated by white walls and industrial lighting. The only adornments are the lovely framed photos on display. The works are carefully selected every month and showcases established as well as upcoming artists. The curated photographers can get their snaps framed, printed and matted for free in the gallery. If you have missed a group photography exhibit, then you can check out the gallery's archive and catalog file.
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.
Located in Downtown Portland, this neoclassical structure works as a courthouse for Oregon's Multnomah County. It was constructed between 1909 and 1914. In the early 20th Century, this was one of the largest courthouses in the West Coast region. The courthouse had a courtyard at the time of its establishment, which ceased to exist due to expansion policies. The structure is home to 39 courtrooms, four of which still retain the original design.
An odd but fun museum, this place falls into the Escape from Alcatraz category. If you are into cops and robbers, there is a lot to see. Among the most interesting items are the police bike with sidecar, unusual confiscated weapons, historical uniforms and badges. To get a look at old Portland's criminal element, check out the Rogues Gallery. You will be glad the boys in blue are around after you see these characters. Visitors are allowed to click photographs, also interaction with certain exhibits is permitted.
You will enjoy gazing at this graceful bronze elk sculpture that rests on a large pedestal on Southwest Main Street. The statue celebrates a herd of majestic elk that used to graze in the nearby area more than a century ago. David P. Thompson, serving as Portland's mayor from 1879-1882, donated this statue to the city in celebration of the elks' presence. The fountain originally served as a watering trough for horses in the era before the automobile. An important piece of Portland's past, it makes one think of a time when wagons and buggies filled Portland's cobblestone streets, accompanied by the sharp clip-clop of horse hooves.
Jamison Square Park is named after William Jamison, who played an important role in the development of the River District. It is one of the three parks lying between Tenth and Eleventh Avenues, all designed by Peter Walker & Partners. Come summer, the park teems with action. The 40,000 square feet (3716 square meter) park becomes the center for loads of fun activities. You can spot lots of teenagers, tiny tots with their parents, even grandparents are regulars. Relax with a book on one of the many benches or stretch on the cool grass. A horizontal cascading fountain grabs a lot of attention. Live entertainment events are also frequently conducted at the venue. Escape from the bustling city atmosphere and unwind as you let your kids squeal with joy on a lazy summer morning.