Docomomo Oregon organizes events throughout the year. Members receive discounted admission to all events.

Upcoming Docomomo Events

Annual Jingle & Mingle, Friday, December 15, 2017

Come join us for an evening of merrymaking as we toast to another year of celebrating the Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement.

Dress-up, or wear your ugliest Christmas sweater for drinks, jingle and mingling, food, and a holly-jolly good time!

We are bringing back last years popular Jingle & Mingle Raffle! Included is a print, generously provided by Harley Cowan-  a film photographer focused on heritage documentation and preservation. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be abundantly served!


Past Docomomo Events

Reactor B at the Hanford Nuclear Complex HABS/HAER Presentation, Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Join DOCOMOMO_OREGON for a social hour and presentation by Harley Cowan. As part of a research fellowship for of a HABS/HAER documentation project, Harley has photographed the historic Reactor B at the Hanford Nuclear Complex in Washington with large-format photography.

Harley will talk about the Hanford site, as well as large format photography, and the process of HABS/HAER photography standards.

Lite refreshments will be served.


Over the past twenty years, Harley Cowan has traveled the world developing expertise in a variety of areas including laboratory planning, master planning, construction administration, and historic preservation. Additionally, he is a film photographer focusing on heritage documentation and preservation. A graduate of Washington State University, Harley is a member of the Professional Advisory Board for WSU’s School of Design & Construction.

Energy Conservation in Mid-Century Modern Buildings Symposium, Saturday September 16 2017

10:00AM – 5:00PM
Loucks Auditorium
645 Liberty Street SE
Salem, Oregon
(location is generously sponsored by the Salem Landmarks Commission!)

Jointly sponsored by DoCoMoMo_Oregon and the Northwest Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology, the Energy Conservation Workshop explores issues facing Mid-Century Modern buildings, educating participants on strategies and technical preservation issues involved through presentation of case studies, research, and practice.

Mid-Century Modern (MCM) buildings, more than any historic structure, have pushed researchers to find alternatives to resolving code, preservation, and contemporary use patterns and aesthetics. Famous for vast expanses of glass, experimental building materials, and notoriously energy-inefficient systems, Mid-Century Modern buildings are particularly vulnerable to the wrecking ball.  How can modern historic buildings comply with today’s energy conservation standards? Is it possible to maintain the integrity of the historic building materials and aesthetics while also meeting new energy conservation requirements?

Call for Presenters
Please submit proposals for presentations no later than Friday, June 30th, 2017 by 5:00PM. Include:
– A brief abstract of the your presentation (up to 350 words)
– Background information on speaker (up 150 words)
– Submit proposals to Tina Fuenmayor David Kimble

Sponsorship Opportunities
Corporate Sponsor – $250. Includes:
– One complementary tickets
– Two additional tickets at a 50% discount
– Prominent logo exposure included on all printed and digital collateral, including: websites, social media, and event handouts
– Verbal recognition at the introduction of the symposium.
– Sponsorship contact: Brian Rich

What to Expect
– Moring coffee + treats
– Boxed lunch
– Sixe (6) AIA credits for your attendance
– No-host happy hour following the symposium from 5:30PM – 7:00PM

An Evening with Robert Frasca, FAIA, Thursday July 27th, 2017 5:30PM – 7:30PM

ESCO Administration Building

(Tour 5:30PM – 6:30PM / Reception 6:30PM – 7:30PM)

Join us for an evening with Robert Frasca, FAIA. We will have a guided tour of Bob’s first completed design in Portland while working at Wolf Zimmer Architects.

The ESCO Administration Building was built in 1966 and received both AIA Portland Chapter and AIA NW & Pacific Region Awards of Excellence in 1968.

The office building, part of the ESCO Company property, sits on the northeast corner of NW 25th Avenue and Vaughn St. Parking is immediately to the east. A reception in the courtyard to follow with lite fare and drinks provided.

About Robert Frasca, FAIA (via ZGF website):
“Bob Frasca has been instrumental in transforming the firm from a regional office to an international design practice with a reputation for design excellence. His passion for creating buildings that fit their surroundings and respond to program, climate and place—versus a signature style—has earned him the admiration of both clients and colleagues. He has designed such projects as the Oregon Convention Center, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, and the Portland International Airport in Portland; and the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center for the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He continues to lead the design of new hospitals, academic and research campuses, civic and cultural facilities, and projects around the world. Bob was honored with the 2011 Medal of Honor Award from the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region for his contributions to the region’s design quality, the role of his urban-design-driven approach in making “livable cities,” and his many professional contributions through his service to the AIA. Bob received a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Michigan, a Master of City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

Thank you to our Event Sponsor!
Bill Hart, Principal / Carleton Hart Architecture

Modern Mixer, Thursday February 23rd 2017

Join for our annual Modern Mixer! This is a free event for members, new members, potential members, and modern design enthusiasts & advocates to grab drinks (no-host) with the DoCo Board, play some trivia, and learn about upcoming DoCo_OR events and programming, advocacy, and how to get involved.

Get involved with DoCoMoMo_Oregon! The mission of DoCoMoMo_Oregon is to build awareness and understanding of Oregon’s modern heritage through documentation, research, advocacy, and educational events. In order to further our chapters mission and goals, we are looking for volunteers to assist the Board with the following programming categories:

  • Inventory
  • Oral History
  • Advocacy
  • Tours and Lectures
  • Social Events
  • Communications

If interested, please email DoCoMoMo_Oregon with your preferred programming category. Additionally, attendees of our Modern Mixer will have the opportunity to engage with Board members and discuss our chapter’s mission, goals, and volunteer opportunities.

Jingle & Mingle, Thursday December 1st 2016


Join & get decked out with holiday spirits at DoCoMoMo_Oregon’s holiday party.


$5 bucks gets you in the door, and we will be providing the drinks & food, plus a DJ spinning the best mid-century vinyl – all you have to do is bring a friend and come show some cheer.

Tour Day 2016: Modernism In Your Backyard, Saturday October 8th 2016


Join DoCoMoMo_OR for a lively lecture and guided walking tour of Modern Era facilities at Reed College.

Reed College’s Modern Era development is characterized by a significant post World War II spike in enrollment, which lead to increased demand for new residences and student support functions, and a desire to enhance the number and type of academic programs.

The campus celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1961 by prompting a Ten-Year Advancement Program to grow the faculty, increase scholarships, and expand facilities. Reed’s Modern Era resources include housing, classrooms, laboratories, dining facilities, sports facilities, and a library expansion. Modern Era buildings on campus were designed by local and nationally known architects that depict Modernist tenets and materials as well as regional and relaxed interpretations of the style.  Bring a picnic or grab some food from the dining hall and join us on Reed’s Great Lawn following the tour.


  • Paul Falsetto, AIA, project coordinator for the Reed College Heritage Master Plan, will lead a lecture about Reed’s history, Modern era campus development, and the creation of the Heritage Master Plan. The lecture will be held in Prexy.
  • Following the lecture, Eric Wheeler of Positively Portland Walking Tours and Paul Edison-Lahm will lead a campus walking tour that showcases the campus’s collection of Modern Era resources and illustrates this important phase of Reed College’s evolution. The Tour will be begin at Eliot Hall and conclude at Prexy. Resources to be toured:
  1. Eliot Hall (1912) – A E Doyle
  2. Hauser Memorial Library (1930/1963/1989) – Pietro Belluschi/Harry Weese/ZGF
  3. Psychology Building (1949) Pietro Belluschi
  4. Griffin Memorial Biology Building(1959) Knowlton Physics Laboratory (1967) – SOM
  5. Cross Canyon Dormitories (1959-1962) Farnham, Shell and Hoyt
  6. Power House (1912) A E Doyle
  7. Cerf Amphitheater (1936) NYH
  8. Gray Campus Center (1965/1998) Harry Weese/ZGF
  9. Student Union (1921) A E Doyle
  10. Old Dormitory Block (1912) A E Doyle
  11. Performing Arts Center (2013)
  12. Prexy (1915) and Anna Mann (1920) A E Doyle

Vose Elementary School Documentation, Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Tour and document the modern Vose elementary school building prior to its demolition.


Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
5:45PM – 6:45PM hosted tour by Richard Manning
7:00PM – 8:30PM hosted cocktails & appetizers at the Manning Residence

$10 Members
$15 Non-Members
$5 Students

Local architect and former Vose School parent, Richard Manning will lead a discussion and tour of the soon to be demolished Vose elementary school building. Following the event, hosted cocktails & appetizers at the Manning Residence.

Bring your cameras! – DoCoMoMo_Oregon will be holding a photography competition for best photo(s) of the Vose School building. Winners will receive two (2) complementary tickets to Tour Day 2016. To enter: Attend Vose School Documentation Event, take your best camera shot, upload your photos to Instagram or DoCo Facebook Page using the #docoVose tag. Don’t miss out – Vose Elementary School Building will be demolished June 25th, 2016.

Tickets are available for purchase at time of event as well.

Preservation of Mid-Century Modern Building Materials Workshop, Saturday, May 21st 2016

DoCoMoMo_Oregon and the Association for Preservation Technology, Northwest, are pleased to co-host a workshop on Mid-Century Modern materials. The workshop will focus on materials used in the northwest through their history and case studies. The sessions will conclude with a lively discussion as to whether preserving Mid-Century Materials is less important than preserving the plan and layout of Mid-Century structures. A sack lunch will be provided to all attendees.


1820 NE 21st Avenue

Portland, OR 97212

9:00AM – 10:00AM Registration / Networking
10:00AM – 12:00PM Morning Session
1:00PM – 3:00PM Afternoon Session / Panel Discussion

Sessions At a Glance


– History of Mid-Century Modern Materials
– Plywood
– GluLam
– Concrete Restoration
– Non-destructive Evaluation Techniques


– Veteran Memorial Coliseum
– 3 Case Studies
– Panel Discussion: How important is it to retain original materials vs. plan concepts? Introduction by Brian Rich.

About the Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church. Please visit: Central Portland
For information about DoCoMoMo_Oregon, please vist: DoCoMoMo_Oregon
For information about APT NW, please visit: APT NW

South Portland Modern Walking Tour, Sunday May 1st, 2016

Docomomo Oregon will explore South Portland’s finest mid-Century architecture with a tour that includes the Skyline Office Building, Hock’s Building, 4515 SW Corbett and the Tabernacle Adventist Church.


Sunday May 1st, 2:30 PM – 4:00PM
Meet outside the Tabernacle Seventh Day Adventist Church, 26 SW Condor Way

2:30 Gather outside the Tabernacle Seventh Day Adventist Church
3:00-4:00 Walking tour of the neighborhood. Please note that there are some steep sections along the route.

Join us after the tour for no host happy hour food and drinks at Caro Amico Italian Cafe. The cafe was built in 1963 and still retains its original interior. Please indicate with your ticket purchase whether you wish to join us.

The tour will start and end near SW Barbur Blvd, which is served by a number of frequent service bus lines. On street parking is available near the Tabernacle Church, but please do not park in the church parking lot. Note that the tour is not structured as a loop, and there is a ~10 minute walk from the last building on the tour back to the starting point. Tickets are available for purchase at time of event as well.

Modern Mixer & Trivia at Hotel Eastlund, February 24th, 2016


Come spend an evening with DoCo members, design professionals and modernist enthusiasts alike & enjoy your beverage of choice while discussing ideas and trivia around modern architecture, art and design.

Bring a friend, or make it an office outing, DoCo membership is not required to attend.

**no-host bar with light appetizers provided.

February 24th 2016, 5:00PM – 7:00PM

Hotel Eastlund / Altabira City Tavern
1021 Northeast Grand Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97232

Mid-Century Bowling, January 26th, 2016


Interstate Lanes Bowling Alley is situated along North Portland’s Interstate Avenue- a street dotted with brightly lit motel signs, and other remnants of the city’s mid-century automobile craze and pre-Interstate 5 transportation corridor.

Your ticket includes bowling shoes and two full games!

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Interstate Lanes
6049 N. Interstate Avenue
Portland, OR 97217


Jingle & Mingle, December 4th, 2015


Join & get decked out with holiday spirits at DoCoMoMo_Oregon’s holiday party.

DoCoMoMo_Oregon invites you to Jingle & Mingle!

Oh what fun! We will be providing the drinks and food- all you have to do is bring a friend and come show some cheer.

Friday December 4th, 2015
5:30PM – 8:00PM
Harmony Room / Standard Insurance Plaza


Milwaukie Walking Tour and MAX Orange Line Celebration, September 20th, 2015

DoCoMoMo will celebrate the MAX Orange Line opening with a guided walking tour of Milwaukie’s finest mid-century architecture: Milwaukie City Hall, Key Bank, Ledding Library, and St. John the Baptist Church. No-host Happy Hour at Wine:30 following the tour with an opportunity to talk with TriMet about the MAX Orange Line.

Sunday, September 20th, 2015
1:00PM – 3:00PM
Milwaukie City Hall, 10722 SE Main St., Milwaukie, OR 97222
$10 – Members / $15 – Non-Members

11:30AM – 12:00PM : Catch the MAX Orange Line to Milwaukie & wander through the Milwaukie Farmers Market for Lunch (on your own)
1:00PM : Gather in front of Milwaukie City Hall
1:00PM – 2:00PM : Guided walking tour of City Hall, Key Bank, Ledding Library
2:00PM – 3:00PM : Guided tour of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

No-host Happy Hour at Wine:30 following the tour with an opportunity to talk with TriMet about the MAX Orange Line

Ride the MAX Orange Line to Milwaukie and stroll through the Sunday Farmers’ Market for lunch before the tour. The group will gather at City Hall at 1:00PM and then wander to Key Bank, Ledding Library with insight from Architectural Historian and native Milwaukian Leesa Gratreak, AECOM. A special tour of St. John the Baptist Church will culminate the event. Join us following the tour at Wine: 30 for a no-host Happy Hour and opportunity to learn more from TriMet about the newly opened MAX Orange Line.

Leland Roth Lecture, May 7th 2015.

Tour: Wells Fargo Center by Charles Luckman AssociatesMarch 26th 2015

Membership Mixer @ Nel Centro, February 26th 2015

Lecture and Tour of Veterans Memorial Coliseum by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, December 11th 2014

National Tour Day: Lewis & Clark College by Paul Thiry and others, October 4th 2014

Membership Mixer @ Rontoms, July 15th 2014

Radical Restoration: Saving the Houses of Pietro Belluschi and Frank Lloyd Wright, May 11th 2014 @ Marylhurst University

Tour: Walter Gordon House April 15th 2014

Tour: PDX Rose Festival HQ by John Yeon, March 18th 2014

Tour: Agnes Flanagan Chapel Tour, Lewis & Clark College by Paul Thiry, November 2013

The Future of the Portland Building: a debate between Peter Meijer and Becca Cavell, October 7th 2013

National Tour Day: Portland Open Space Sequence by Lawrence Halprin, October 5th 2013

Tour: Nina Ollson Art Conservation Studio, July 2013