Category Archives: Walking Around Portland

These are pictures I take on my walks around Portland

Saint Johns Bridge Cover

Walking Around Portland – Saint Johns

Here are the photos from my recent walk around the Saint Johns Neighborhood. What stood out to me on my walk was how peaceful I found the human scale architecture and also the ratio of growing things to built things in this neighborhood.

1 Red House Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsLike this house; a lot of the houses I saw on this walk made me forget that I’m in a city.

2 Teal house with solar panels Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsThis house has an interesting shape and mixture of materials.  Plus a bold color and solar panels.  So of course I took a picture simple smile Walking Around Portland   Saint Johns

3 house among the trees Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI like how much this house blends into it’s surroundings. It has nice strong architectural details that aren’t overbearing.

4 tiny tudor house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsTiny Tudor.

5 black house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsAnother black house that I missed in my Black Houses post. If you want to see more black houses check out my post Black Is The New Black

7 painted steps Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsA little color and an owl friend adds some charm to these simple concrete stairs.

8 drunk chair Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsGo home chair you’re drunk!

9 corrugated metal siding Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI like how this painted glass door and corrugated metal were used to create this fence.

10 street art Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsPainted intersections are all over Portland.  I love them.

13 bike wheel porch rail Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI like the combination of the plants, metal arch way and bike wheel porch railing.

12 bike wheel porch rail Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHere’s a close up of the bike wheel porch railing. Yay ReUse!

15 pollinator habitat Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI hadn’t heard of this organization before but I like what they’re up to.  You can find out more here: www.xerces.org

16 pollinator habitat house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHere’s the house where I found the Pollinator Habitat sign.

14 tree friendly fence Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsGreat tree friendly fence!

17 bagle cage Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsRemember people, keep your bagels caged up. You never know what those bagel will get up to if let free!

18 silver water tower Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsThis is like the Airstream of water towers.

19 pink house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsPink and orange! Rock it!

20 pink house art Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHeres a close up of the art on the porch of this fun pink house.

21 little library Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsAnother Little Free Library! There are quite a few of these around Portland.  You can check out their website www.littlefreelibrary.org

23 creative downspout Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHere’s a creative alternative to a downspout.

24 small victorian house Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsCute little victorian adorned house.

25 deck with a view Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsWhat a spacious covered deck!  It seems to have quite the view too.

26 rainbow flag and solar panels Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsRainbow peace flag and solar panels. Yep were still in Portland!

27 decerative gable Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsHere’s another cool porch with some nice gable detailing.

28 satellite dish Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI just re-watched Contact a couple days before this walk so I’m going to assume that this is the house of some sort of Seti enthusiast. It’s probably much less interesting but I’ll just keep my fantasies thank you.

30 brutalist building Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI’ve walked by this building a few times and it always makes me think of an episode on Brutalist Architecture from my favorite podcast podcast 99% Invisible. The episode is called “It’s Hard To Love A Brute”

31 garage conversion Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsThis is a cute garage conversion.

32 saint johns bridge Walking Around Portland   Saint Johns The tips of the Saint Johns Bridge spires peaking out of the foliage.

33 under saint johns bridge Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsEven the underside of the Saint Johns bridge is pretty!

34 Saint johns sign Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsDowntown Saint Johns has a nice old town center feel.

35 proper eats saint johns Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsThey have tasty food here!

36 saint johns cinema Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI dig all the independent movie theaters in Portland.  Being that Batman v Super Man is on the marque, I’ll share this funny review of the film that was created by Annie G, who discovered at  POW Fest (Portland Oregon Woman’s Film Festival)

37 saint johns bridge art Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsI had already walked too much and didn’t have time to get a legit Saint Johns bridge shot, but luckily I came across this.  Many people have already taken much better shots of the bridge than I would have anyway, so you can go crazy with this image search of the Saint Johns bridge

38 wishing well saint johns Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsLooks like this place has seen some wear, however the cool retro vibe still shines through… well maybe not shines but You get what I’m saying.

39 saint johns church Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsCool curvy beams.

40 garden and art Walking Around Portland   Saint JohnsAnd now I’m pretty much right back where I started my walk.  I like the garden and art that this community center has going on.

 

Thanks for Joining me on my walk around Saint Johns simple smile Walking Around Portland   Saint Johns

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Walking Around Portland – Mississippi Ave

This is a collection of photos taken from a walk I took around the Mississippi Neighborhood in North Portland. I was happy to find lot’s of color, art and reclaimed materials on my walk.  I hope you enjoy!

01 colorful portland house Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI like this colorful house! One thing I noticed when moving to Portland from Colorado is that people use way more color on their homes here. I approve! I usually push people to be a little bold in their design choices.

 

02 Tree Mural Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThere are a lot murals in the Mississippi area!

 

03 Sunlan Lighting Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveSunlan lighting is a longtime portland fixture! They always have interesting window displays. I’ve had to go here a few times to find odd replacement bulbs for remodel projects. The times I’ve been there the owner always say’s “Welcome to Sunlan how can we light up your life?”

 

04 Cute cottages Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThese two houses are cute, artistic and seem to use a lot of reclaimed materials in their construction.

 

05 artistic recycling enclosure Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI like the artistic doors on this recycling enclosure!

 

06 pdx cottage 1 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveA closer look at cottage #1

 

07 pdx cottage 2 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI like the way this orange looks with the wood siding.

 

08 reclaimed siding Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThis looks like reclaimed tin siding from cans. I have similar ideas for the siding on a tiny home I plan to build.

 

09 wethered building  Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI just like the look of this building.

 

10 North Portland church Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThis is an interesting looking church.

 

11 stone head Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveAll of a sudden there was a stone head peering at me.

 

12 reclaimed gate Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveHere’s a good use of reclaimed materials!

 

13 Albina Press Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveAlbina Press is a nice place to hang out and they have pretty art on their building.

 

14 garage door mural Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AvePortland has some good garage door murals!

 

15 Atlas Tattoo Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThis building has a cool look to it. The color choice and signage work well with the style of building.

 

16 The Good Gallery 1 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveGood Gallery often has… well as the name suggests… good shows. It’s such a cute little building too! You can find their show listings here: http://goodpdx.com/

 

17 The Good Gallery 2 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI noticed the stone head that is similar to the one that I saw earlier on my walk.  I talked to the owner of the gallery and it turns out that he makes them. (I think they’re concrete and not stone)

 

18 Lawn Sculpture Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveHere’s some more of the owner of Good Gallery’s sculpture work.

 

19 prost on mississippi Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI’ve always liked this building! Now there’s a fun German themed bar here.

 

20 fence art Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI like that there’s so much art to see on the structures on Mississippi Ave!

 

21 old timey building Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI think I just took a step back in time to my small town upbringing.

 

22 friendly mannequin  Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI feel like someone is looking at me.

 

23 mario castle building Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveEvery time I see a building that looks at all like a Mario castle I have to take a picture! Hopefully I’ll have enough for Mario castle themed blog one day. #lifegoals

 

24 rooftop courtyard Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI don’t think I’m supposed to be up here but I like it. Pistils Nursery has lots of worthwhile stuff to check out inside too!

 

25 garage door mural 2 Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveArt can even tell you to piss off nicely!

 

26 rebuilding center cob entry Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveI’ve noticed a lot of reclaimed materials on this walk and it’s probably thanks to this place being in the neighborhood. The Rebuilding center is such a great resource for reclaimed materials in Portland! Most building projects I’ve been a part of have involved this place in one way or another.  You can look at their website here: www.rebuildingcenter.org/

 

27 reclaimed railing Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveThis reclaimed rail is also part of the Rebuilding center.

 

28 colorfull tiny houses Walking Around Portland   Mississippi AveYay Small living and bold color choices!

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Walking Around Portland – Ladd’s Addition

Ladd’s Addition is definitely one of SE Portland’s unique and interesting neighborhoods. The streets run diagonally and weave around four rose gardens and a large circle at the center of the neighborhood.  Most of the houses are Craftsman style Foursquares and bungalows, with some mid century ranch style homes and cottages mixed in. For more info on Ladds Addition check out the Ladds Wiki
2014 02 28 15.56.11 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionSo much brick and sky. I Don’t know why but i had to take a picture.

 

2014 02 28 15.59.07 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionAn interesting inside corner window.
2014 02 28 15.59.54 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionBottle and cob planter. Nice artistic touch!

 

2014 02 28 16.07.47 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionTurns out there are a lot of churches in Ladd’s.

 

2014 02 28 16.07.56 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionNice bungalow.  (sorry about the picture)I like the combination of the pebble finish walls and bold colors.

 

2014 02 28 16.08.35 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is where Ladd himself lived back in the day.

 

 

2014 02 28 16.11.00 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is an interesting spanish style home. Not quite the norm for Ladd’s Addition but part of what I like about Ladd’s are all of the unique places sprinkled throughout.

 

2014 02 28 16.12.05 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThere are houses with barn style roofs sprinkled all over Portland. This one looks like a portland barn style house crossed with a cape cod.

 

2014 02 28 16.16.23 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis just seemed like a particularly Ladd’s style collection of houses.

 

2014 02 28 16.17.37 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI learned about Little Free Library on this walk and so can you: http://littlefreelibrary.org/

 

2014 02 28 16.18.02 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThere are many large Craftsman Foursquare style houses in Ladd’s. This one’s purple!

 

2014 02 28 16.21.26 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThinking about getting some angles for my entryway now.

 

2014 02 28 16.22.39 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionHere’s a fun garage door painting!

 

2014 02 28 16.26.40 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis place striking in it’s simplicity.  Once again I like the pebble finish walls.

 

2014 02 28 16.27.22 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionYou have to see some collections of bungalows to get Ladd’s

 

2014 02 28 16.29.43 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI like all of the yard art at this house.

 

2014 02 28 16.31.37 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionMore churchy goodness!

 

 

2014 06 26 20.03.24 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis house is just interesting to look at!

 

2014 06 26 20.12.42 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionI like how many houses there are in Ladd’s Addition that seem like there tucked away in the woods.

 

2014 06 26 20.17.30 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionA cute little cottage!

 

2014 06 26 20.23.34 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionSome cool retroness!

 

2014 06 30 14.58.18 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThis is a church that was turned into a house. I got to go inside once. It’s  a very cool place!

 

2014 06 30 15.06.43 Walking Around Portland   Ladds AdditionThe big round patio balances all of the angular details of this house nicely.

Meet the goats featured

Walking Around Portland – With Goats

 

 

On This walk around Portland I was joined by Winter and Atho from the Belmont Goat herd and owner Jess Kurtz.

The belmont Goats will soon be moving to the lents neighborhood If you’ve spent time on the east side of portland you’ve probably heard of the Belmont Goats. If not don’t worry they have their own website: www.thebelmontgoats.org. There’s also a crowdfunding campaign to help with the cost of moving the goats here: Help Move The Goats

05 20140401 164133 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsJess and Atho take off across the street. 

 

04 20140401 164052 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI like the contrast of old and new in this neighborhood.

 

06 20140401 165114 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThis house was painted with only one color. I like the effect.

 

07 20140401 165154 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe goats tried to go up pretty much every set of stairs we passed.

 

08 20140401 165243 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsNice victorian house! The goats approve of the rosemary in the yard.

09 20140401 170844 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsGetting close to home. The goats are excited to get back.
10 20140401 171149 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe Goats are popular! We returned to find a news crew. Check out the KGW Story.

 

11 20140401 172335 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThe reason the Belmont Goats are moving is because the land is being developed, so this is a wide open view that will not exist for long in Portland’s central eastside.

 

12 20140401 172611 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsWinter says goodby.

 

02 20140401 163258 Walking Around Portland   With Goats Snack time!

For those of you who came here to see pictures of architecture and not goats I’ve included the following pictures from other walks in the neighborhood:

13 2014 04 01 19.18.46 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI like the exposed structure on the facade of this building. It brings interest to an otherwise nondescript building.

14 2014 04 02 11.36.27 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsThis building has always been interesting to me.  It seems that the design was meant to be viewed from the street that it faces but given that it’s the tallest building in the area it’s quite visible from all angles.

 

15 2014 04 02 11.28.08 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI’m a fan of unique designs! It’s refreshing to see something that looks different than everything else around.

16 2014 04 02 09.58.47 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsI feel like I just stepped out of central Portland for a minute.

 

17 2014 04 01 19.20.02 Walking Around Portland   With GoatsLooking down Burnside at Big Pink while straddling Northeast and Southeast.

 

 

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Walking Around Portland – East Side waterfront / Industrial Area

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I’ve walked by this house many times. I’m not sure what to say about it… some homes just have presence.

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There was a tower last post too.

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I like your style!

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A building in the trees.

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I don’t usually see the Ford Building from this angle.

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There’s something striking to me about industrial buildings.

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Wait for it….

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I don’t know how this came to be here but I’m glad it did!

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Does anyone else think this is a peaceful view or am I just weird like that?

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An interesting shaped building.

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Good advice! Even the graffiti around here is pleasant! 

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It seems that some things have changed around this place since it was first built.

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Sadly I still haven’t been in the train museum -I’ll enjoy it from the outside for now I guess.

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Portland’s getting a new cable-stayed bridge – by the way I recommend doing an image search for “cable-stayed bridge“.

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Notice the submarine in the background? There’s a submarine that they let people go on and a train museum within walking distance of my house. I haven’t been in either, what’s up with that???

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There are cool train cars to see outside though.

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There’s Oregon Museum of Science and Art (OMSI)

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Solar Car Charging station. Do other people think solar panels look cool?

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My name is boxxy

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It’s nice having the waterfront trail to walk. such good views of downtown.

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Another tower.

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I like the modern facade and shaded south side windows.

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The color of this building plus the tracks make for a cool photo.

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The burned down “Taylor Electric Supply” building.

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There’s an Oregonian article about it. It says something about the place attracting photographers.

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“Skate park!” was my first thought!

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This installation is called  Inversion: +/-

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Walking Around Southeast Portland

 Portland is a great place for walking. One of my favorite things to do is walk through different Portland neighborhoods and look at the houses.  The Walking Around Portland  series will be made up of the photos I take on these walks.2013 09 02 13.25.47 300x225 Walking Around Southeast Portland

There are a lot of craftsman details added to Portland porches.  This is a different style than I’ve seen before.

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I love that the Tibetan prayer flags.  They are so well matched to the rest of the house!

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Cool metal medallion!

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I rounded a corner and came across an unexpected tower!

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One thing I noticed when I moved from Colorado to Portland is that people tend to use a lot more color here! I like bold color choices!

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Plant cave!

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I like the red stairwell.

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Rusty metal often looks cool when done right.

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I was able to chat with the owner of this place a bit. He’s been using salvage materials to add to the house for years. There are tons of little details everywhere. I could look at this place for a long time. It’s awesome what people do with reused materials in Portland!

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Interesting modern building.

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This is a beautiful building!

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See what I was saying earlier about cool rusted metal!

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Plant wall.

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Bike… bike rack. This way your bike won’t be lonely while you’re gone.

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I like this color combo.

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Cute Gnome House!