Hallock–McMillan Building

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Hallock & McMillan Building
Hallock–McMillan Building, Portland, Oregon (2013) - 1.JPG
Exterior of the building in 2014
Hallock–McMillan Building is located in Portland, Oregon
Hallock–McMillan Building
Location237 SW Naito Parkway,
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates45°31′13.1″N 122°40′16.8″W / 45.520306°N 122.671333°W / 45.520306; -122.671333Coordinates: 45°31′13.1″N 122°40′16.8″W / 45.520306°N 122.671333°W / 45.520306; -122.671333
Built1857 (1857)
ArchitectAbsalom Hallock; Phoenix Iron Works
Architectural styleoriginally Italianate
Part ofPortland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District (#75001597)
Designated CPDecember 5, 1975

The Hallock–McMillan Building, also known as the Hallock and McMillan Building,[1] is the first and oldest commercial brick building in downtown Portland, Oregon, in the United States.[2] The building was designed by Absalom Hallock and completed in 1857. It is adjacent to the Fechheimer & White Building.[3] In 1975, it was listed as a "primary landmark" in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nomination of the Portland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District, the building's designation subsequently "translated" to "contributing property" under post-1970s NRHP terminology.[4]

Description and history[edit]

Built in 1857, the Hallock–McMillan Building is downtown Portland's first and oldest commercial brick building, according to the Architectural Heritage Center, a preservation advocacy non-profit organization. The building was designed by Absalom Hallock, the "city's first architect", on behalf of the San Francisco Bay Area's Phoenix Iron Works.[2]

In 2010, Portland developer John Russell purchased the building for $700,000.[1] In 2011, Russell announced his plans to restore the building's exterior to its original appearance. Plans include three "graceful" Romanesque-style cast iron arches on the first floor and partial arches above the second floor's windows.[2] Exterior renovation plans must be approved by the Portland Historic Landmarks Commission.[2]


  1. ^ a b Spencer, Aaron (October 27, 2010). "Hallock and McMillan Building sold". Daily Journal of Commerce. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Leeson, Fred (January 6, 2011). "Portland's oldest brick commercial building will get a makeover that will bring back its original appearance". The Oregonian. Retrieved March 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Fechheimer & White Building". Architectural Heritage Center. Archived from the original on November 29, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Portland Bureau of Planning (October 6, 2008). "Revised Documenation, National Historic Landmark Nomination: Skidmore/Old Town Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. pp. 15–16, 31, 53. Retrieved May 22, 2016.

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