511 Federal Building

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U.S. Post Office (Portland, Oregon)
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511 Federal Building
511 Federal Building is located in Portland, Oregon
511 Federal Building
Location 511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon 97209
Coordinates 45°31′37″N 122°40′41″W / 45.52694°N 122.67806°W / 45.52694; -122.67806Coordinates: 45°31′37″N 122°40′41″W / 45.52694°N 122.67806°W / 45.52694; -122.67806
Built 1916–1918[2]
Architect Lewis P. Hobart
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body United States Government
NRHP Reference # 79002143[1]
Added to NRHP April 18, 1979 [1]

The 511 Federal Building is a former federal post office that currently houses Department of Homeland Security offices for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Portland, Oregon, United States.[3] It also housed various other government entities in the past such as the Department of Agriculture.

The building was constructed in 1916–1918 and opened in 1919[2] after being commissioned by the Secretary of the Treasury, one of the last post offices built under the 1893 Tarsney Act, and cost $1 million.[3] It was designed by architect Lewis P. Hobart.[2] It is located between Portland's Old Town Chinatown and the Pearl District. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places[3] in 1979, as the U.S. Post Office.[1][2] The building is six stories tall and has a footprint of approximately 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2).[4]

The Department of Homeland Security is expected to vacate the building in the next few years. New sites have been selected in the nearby Pearl District, and in Southwest Portland. In autumn 2005, the General Services Administration began working on the disposal of the building. The leading candidates to take over the space included the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Portland Public Market.[3][5] In March, 2008, the PNCA announced the U.S. Department of Education and the General Services Administration had approved their application to make the building a permanent part of the school's campus.[6]

PNCA moved into the building in February 2015, as a $32 million remodeling neared completion.[7]



  1. ^ a b c "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. p. 41. Retrieved June 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bak, Kristine (1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: U.S. Post Office (Portland, Oregon)" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Redden, Jim (October 26, 2007 (updated October 30, 2009)). "Groups covet historic building: PNCA and Portland Public Market both seek space on Broadway for future home". Portland Tribune. Retrieved August 9, 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Curl, Aimee (March 10, 2003). "Bureau of Immigration and Customs looks for new Portland office space". Daily Journal of Commerce (Portland). Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Whither PNCA", The Oregonian, October 5, 2007.[dead link]
  6. ^ The 511 NW Broadway Building brings to PNCA and the State of Oregon a distinctive resource[dead link]
  7. ^ Gallivan, Joseph (February 5, 2015). "Art school tries on a grown-up building: PNCA moves into the spectacularly renovated old Federal building on the North Park Blocks". Portland Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved February 7, 2015. 

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