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Richard Bosch Architect

255 SW Harrison Street Townhouse 11

Portland, Oregon 97201

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HW new colors HE Board

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Elm Street from PA 1973
Elm Street from PA 1973
Elm Street northwest facade
Elm Street northwest facade
Elm Street atrium units looking up at main building
Elm Street atrium units looking up at main building
Maple Ave exterior center area
Maple Ave exterior center area
Elm Street today
Elm Street today
Maple Ave today
Maple Ave today
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
New York University
New York University
Harbor Towers Boston
Harbor Towers Boston
Harrison Complex
Harrison Complex
2016 Birthday Party
2016 Birthday Party
Portland Center from Forum
Portland Center from Forum
Model with mis-labeled Harrison Street
Model with mis-labeled Harrison Street
Strategy of 1965
Strategy of 1965
The Harrisons related - a classical composition
The Harrisons related - a classical composition
Martin House site plan 1903
Martin House site plan 1903
Paving pattern of 1966
Paving pattern of 1966
Halprin plan of 1965 colored
Halprin plan of 1965 colored
Two bolts
Two bolts
Moss encrusted roof fascia
Moss encrusted roof fascia
Slimy, grimy, dirty thoughts
Slimy, grimy, dirty thoughts
Taking up the piano
Taking up the piano
Spandrel darkened from soot and dirt detail
Spandrel darkened from soot and dirt detail
Pettygrove Park really bad
Pettygrove Park really bad
Dust Bowl
Dust Bowl
Cruising on the SW Harrison
Cruising on the SW Harrison
Reaction when Collective was finished
Reaction when Collective was finished
Dowagers 2
Dowagers 2
Views along Second Ave Mall
Views along Second Ave Mall
View along Second Ave white
View along Second Ave white
Tendency to cover everything uniformly
Tendency to cover everything uniformly
Tendency to cover everything uniformly
Tendency to cover everything uniformly
Our desire to distinguish types of elements
Our desire to distinguish types of elements
Fascia TH8 - 10 1
Fascia TH8 - 10 1
View along north side
View along north side
Harrison West from East
Harrison West from East
Willits House
Willits House
Mies townhomes
Mies townhomes
Price Tower
Price Tower
IBM Building
IBM Building
Black Box base
Black Box base
Blue Cross base
Blue Cross base
Earlier thoughts
Earlier thoughts
South elevation then and now
South elevation then and now
Color chart 5-21-21
Color chart 5-21-21
Current palette shot three times
Current palette shot three times
HW entry detail mockup compared
HW entry detail mockup compared
Townhouse courtyard elevations sequence B
Townhouse courtyard elevations sequence B
East elevation before after
East elevation before after
West elevation before after
West elevation before after
East elevation completed
East elevation completed
South elevation from Lovejoy Fountain completed
South elevation from Lovejoy Fountain completed
North elevation from Market Street completed
North elevation from Market Street completed
Townhouses repainted, leaving the ground cover as the next issue
Townhouses repainted, leaving the ground cover as the next issue
Townhouses on courtyard side completed
Townhouses on courtyard side completed
The remaining dowager of Harrison Street
The remaining dowager of Harrison Street
Price Tower - placing more emphasis on this as a prototype
Price Tower - placing more emphasis on this as a prototype
Aalto Sunila housing - wistful and wishful analogy
Aalto Sunila housing - wistful and wishful analogy
Harrison Square from south
Harrison Square from south
South Waterfront Garden - I keep seeing this as a planting prototype - more diversity and fewer trees
South Waterfront Garden - I keep seeing this as a planting prototype - more diversity and fewer trees

Preface 1971

Birthday Party 2016

Maintenance Issues 2018

Inspirations 2021

First thoughts 2021

Critique 2021

Completion 2022

End of Part 1

Beginning of Part 2

HLC, Master Association

Afterthoughts

Richard was raised on award winning FHA housing projects during the early 70s. Sadly, they were changed from their original white to various forms of trendy colors, once the 40 year mark had been reached and the projects sold to new owners.

The Harrison Trio is another example of trios of towers creating urban spaces, in other parts of the country, during the 60s.

There had been a 50th birthday party, in 2016, that showed there was a great interest in the SOM architecture, within the HW community, after all.

The three towers were expressive of their structural logic, which unified the composition into a whole, and which was reinforced further by a paving pattern extending to all three towers. Halprin responded to the intent in the proposed tree layouts.

(The paving pattern is still visible and ideally ought to be restored.)

Maintenance (or rather the lack thereof) became increasingly obvious as the buildings became grimy and the grounds at HW were simply neglected.

The contrast to newer buildings, became poignant, allowing for various contrived analogies.

A white version of the townhouses, as they might have looked in 1966, created a positive interest in brightening up the entire complex. (Although not going back to all white.)

When Richard and Patrick decided to propose a new color scheme, they felt that the previous designers had applied uniform colors over large areas, without regard of the three-dimensionality of the building behind.

Townhouses were dark and gloomy and the tower just looked dingy and dirty.

Some classic architecture leapt to mind as they were developing various options.

But also the reminder that the neighborhood still maintained its off-white coloration, that best complements the ivy and the trees of the historic district.

Hundreds of mockups were made to best understand and explain the transition all working (mostly) with the original color palette.

Three colors were changed for the courtyard fin walls (less gloomy equivalents) and one lighter off-white (Alabaster) was added.

The tower has developed a more-architectural quality, achieved by the periodic horizontal bands.

The townhouses have a new lightness at both the park and the courtyard.

Mrs West is proud to feel contemporary again and hopes Mrs East will join her.