Structure Type: built works - public buildings - courthouses; built works - social and civic buildings - correctional institutions - prisons

Designers: Whidden and Lewis, Architects (firm); Ion Lee Lewis (architect); William Marcy Whidden (architect)

Dates: constructed 1911-1914

1021 SW 4th Avenue
Downtown, Portland, OR 97204

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Demolition of the previous Multnomah County Courthouse occurred in 1910. This new courthouse, the largest on the West Coast in 1910, contained 39 courtrooms and cost approximately $1.6 million to erect, a very substantial sum at the time.

Repairs to the Multnomah County Courthouse #2 have been periodically postponed. A 2011 article in the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon stated: ""The Multnomah County Courthouse in downtown Portland needs a seismic upgrade. A study released recently suggests a renovation plan that would take four to six years and cost as much as $220 million. The building’s unreinforced concrete is a cause for concern, but outdated mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems also are potentially dangerous, according to county reports. Renovations have been considered for more than 40 years; dozens of studies have been published." (See Angela Webber, "Multnomah County Courthouse, deteriorating, needs upgrade,"Posted 04/20/2011, Accessed 04/05/2013.)

National Register of Historic Places (June 11, 1979): 79002136 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 18450