Sample pages from When Buildings Speak: Stories Told by Oregon's Historical Architecture

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The George Pipes House

The Pipes House opened its sleepy eyes when it saw me standing before it. It awoke from its late afternoon snooze and winked at me though the many reflections and shadowy shapes the sun was making as it streamed through the trees above...

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The Hollywood Theatre

The ornate Hollywood Theatre stands as an appropriately dramatic monument honoring an era when Portland audiences applauded the arrival of live theater and first-run silent movies. It was a time when the Hollywood provided backstage dressing rooms that bustled with actors, commedians, musicians, and dancers...

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The John M. Moyer House

My sister, Alexandria, agreed to travel with me to see the Moyer House, but we seemed to be having a bit of trouble finding it. We were in a hurry, for the sun was beginning its late afternoon descent. I was feeling a bit frantic, as we had been driving for a long while past fields and barns, cows and sheep, desperately looking...

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