511 Federal Building

The 511 Federal Building is a former federal post office that is currently known as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon, United States.[3] PNCA moved into the building in February 2015, after a $32 million remodeling project.[4]

U.S. Post Office (Portland, Oregon)
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511 Federal Building
511 Federal Building is located in Portland, Oregon
511 Federal Building
Location within downtown Portland
511 Federal Building is located in Oregon
511 Federal Building
511 Federal Building (Oregon)
511 Federal Building is located in the United States
511 Federal Building
511 Federal Building (the United States)
Location511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates45°31′37″N 122°40′41″W / 45.526955°N 122.678152°W / 45.526955; -122.678152Coordinates: 45°31′37″N 122°40′41″W / 45.526955°N 122.678152°W / 45.526955; -122.678152
ArchitectLewis P. Hobart
Architectural styleClassical Revival
NRHP reference No.79002143[1]
Added to NRHPApril 18, 1979 [1]

Previous occupants of the building included the Department of Homeland Security offices for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,[5] as well as the Department of Agriculture.

The building was constructed in 1916–1918 and opened in 1919[2] after being commissioned by the Secretary of the Treasury, one of the last post offices built under the 1893 Tarsney Act, and cost $1 million.[5] It was designed by architect Lewis P. Hobart.[2] It is located between Portland's Old Town Chinatown and the Pearl District. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places[5] in 1979, as the U.S. Post Office.[2][1] The building is six stories tall and has a footprint of approximately 20,000 square feet (1,900 m2).[6] It has a basement and sub-basement, complete with walled off shanghai tunnels.



  1. ^ a b c "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. p. 41. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Bak, Kristine (1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: U.S. Post Office (Portland, Oregon)" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved February 25, 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Historical Timeline". Pacific Northwest College of Art. Retrieved January 3, 2021.
  4. ^ Gallivan, Joseph (February 5, 2015). "Art school tries on a grown-up building: PNCA moves into the spectacularly renovated old Federal building on the North Park Blocks". Portland Tribune. p. 1. Retrieved February 7, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Redden, Jim (October 26, 2007). "Groups covet historic building: PNCA and Portland Public Market both seek space on Broadway for future home". Portland Tribune. Archived from the original on June 8, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2011.
  6. ^ Curl, Aimee (March 10, 2003). "Bureau of Immigration and Customs looks for new Portland office space". Daily Journal of Commerce. Portland. Retrieved August 9, 2011.

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