Friday, February 26, 2010

Vintage Roadside Tour Stop #3 - Streamline Moderne Coca Cola

For those of you thinking about visiting the Laurelhurst Theatre (Tour Stop #1), we have another beauty for you just around the corner from there.

Built in 1941, the Coca-Cola building at the corner of NE 28th and Couch is one of Portland's finest examples of Streamline Moderne architecture. Once a bottling plant, we confirmed this morning that the facility is now a manufacturing plant for fountain syrup. Please note: this facility is not open for tours.

If you're a fan of this style of architecture (as we are), here's a link to a landmark nomination report for Seattle's Coca-Cola building, also formerly a bottling plant. The report is worth a look as it includes a couple of photos of Portland's Coca-Cola building along with a few beautiful examples of Art Deco / Streamline Moderne buildings around Seattle.

According to the landmark application, Portland's and Seattle's Coca-Cola buildings were both designed by Atlanta architect Jesse M. Shelton.

Beautiful during the day, this building really comes to life at dusk. If you're planning on a movie and a pint at the Laurelhurst Theatre, walk just one block north to see the Coca-Cola building in all its glory.

Helpful Details

NE Couch Street & 28th Ave

How to Get There

Directions from the downtown Hilton courtesy of TriMet

1. Walk northeast from 921 SW 6th Ave to SW 6th & Yamhill (Stop ID 7807)
2. Board 19 Glisan to Gateway TC
3. Get off at NE Glisan & 28th
4. Walk 0.2 mile south to NE 28th Ave & NE Couch St

Travel time: 25 minutes (including 9 minutes walking)
Fares: Adult ($2.00), Youth/Student ($1.50) or Honored Citizen ($0.95)

Have a great weekend!

Jeff & Kelly
Vintage Roadside

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