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Portland Architectural History Tour

Your private tour service features downtown and Northwest Portland's historical architecture, historic districts and their histories, starting from the city's founding years in the mid 1800s, up to the 1920s.  Service includes approximately 70 historically important monuments, buildings, houses and districts in the downtown and northwest areas.  All buildings are registered as National Historic Monuments and districts as National Historic Districts .  Your tour guide will explain important details about each district and each of the buildings visited.  This service comes with a Partial or full tour guide, depending on your group size and your requests; and is for those interested in street-viewing of historic architecture. 

  • First St. looking south w/Skidmore Fountain

  • Portland - First St. looking south w/Skidmore Fountain

Old Church

Portland was known as the "Boston of the West" for its many Front Ave. 1941Colonial Revival houses built in the early 20th century. A few are the Lewis Mills, Nathan Loeb and Jacob Kamm houses, the Old Church, the Bishops House, Cotillion Hall, Merchants Hotel - Old Town Pizza, the Heathman Hotel, Multnomah Hotel, the Yamhill Historic District, and the Skidmore Historic District of old, and see it of new.   Touching on Portland history and the story of the infamous 'shanghaiing trade', are just a few of the things you'll learn about.  Also included is a tour of the Pittock Mansion and the Hawthorne Bridge; built in 1910, it is one of the oldest lift bridges in the world. You may be able to combine this tour with the Portland Historic Firehouse Tour if you like, please inquire.

  • Service is approximately about 2-4 hours, depending on your preference.  May be combined with the Portland City Tour or another tour for a full day event (6-8 hours).

Skidmore Historic District

Skidmore Historic District

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  1. Standard Full-Service

  2. Last-Minute-Special

    • Book not more than 24 hours advance.

    • About 25% savings

    • Subject to availability.

  3. 'Recession Tour' Shuttle

    • Vehicle & Driver only; no tour guide, tour concierge or lunch concierge is available.

    • Advanced booked or last-minute ok.

    • 10-50% less than our standard full-service rate for about 7+ ppl.

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* ALL SERVICES ARE PRIVATE.  Maximum 14 guests.  Our comfortable transportation is in either a town car sedan, stretch limo or 14 passenger limo bus.  The tour may start at anytime from 9AM-3PM.  Senior and youth discount - 25% off, minimum costs apply.   Pick-up is in the Portland downtown area.  Pick-ups outside the downtown are at additional cost.  A self-guided tour is available at the Old Church from 11 AM until 3 PM Tuesday through Saturday.  Free admission.  An organ concert is offered Wednesdays at 12 Noon.  30 minutes "off the clock" time is available for you to enjoy any of these events at your leisure. 

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