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 the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon, United States. PNCA moved into the building in February 2015, after a $32 million remodeling project.[3]

Previous occupants of the building included the Department of Homeland Security offices for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement[4] and 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.[4] 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[4] 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).[5]



  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. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ a b c 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)
  5. ^ 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. 

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