511 Federal Building


511 Federal Building

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name = U.S. Post Office (Portland, Oregon)
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caption = 511 Federal Building
location = Portland, Oregon
nearest_city =
lat_degrees = 45
lat_minutes = 31
lat_seconds = 37
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 122
long_minutes = 40
long_seconds = 41
long_direction = W
area =
built = 1916
architect = Lewis P. Hobart
architecture = Classical Revival
added = 1979
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
refnum = 79002143
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governing_body = United States Government
The 511 Federal Building is a former federal post office that currently houses Department of Homeland Security immigration division officials in Portland, Oregon, United States. [http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=119334838466989200 "Groups covet historic building"] , "Portland Tribune", October 26, 2007]

The building opened in 1916 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. It was designed by architect Lewis P. Hobart. It is located between Portland's Old Town Chinatown and the Pearl District. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places [http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentType=GSA_BASIC&contentId=19534&noc=T Northwest/Arctic (10) National Register Buildings] , retrieved October 26, 2007] [http://w3.gsa.gov/web/p/interaia_save.nsf/cf0d4c7c0de34938852563d3004975f3/478fca93dacf9be5852565d90053a052?OpenDocument GSA Historic Federal Buildings listing] ; National Register ID #: 79002143; GSA Building #: OR0026ZZ] in 1979, as the U.S. Post Office. [http://www.nr.nps.gov/nomination/79002143.pdf] The building is six stories high and has a footprint of approximately 20,000 square feet. [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4184/is_20030310/ai_n10045759 "Bureau of Immigration and Customs looks for new Portland office space"] ]

The Department of Homeland Security is expected to vacate the building in the next few years. In autumn, 2005, the General Services Administration began working on the disposal of the building. [http://www.portlandfoodanddrink.com/?page_id=1056 GSA Media Advisory] ] The leading candidates to take over the space included the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and Portland Public Market. [http://blog.oregonlive.com/visualarts/pacific_northwest_college_of_a/ "Whither PNCA"] , "The Oregonian", October 5, 2007] In March, 2008, the PNCA announced the US Department of Education and the General Services Administration had approved their application to make the building a permanent part of the school's campus. [ [http://www.pnca.edu/exposure/president/321/511-nw-broadway-building-brings-to-pnca-and-the-state-of-oregon-a-distinctive-resource-to-serve-in-the-education-of-future-generations-of-artists The 511 NW Broadway Building brings to PNCA and the State of Oregon a distinctive resource] ]

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