The Pearl District in Portland used to be occupied by railroad classification yards and warehouses. Now it is home to eateries and fancy shops (and is considered one of the safest places in Portland). Portland has over 250 nationally registered historic places in the city, and Deschute’s Brewery is located inside one, the 1919 G. G. Gerber Building. It is also where we had lunch, so a perfect place to start walking. Across the street is the Portland Armory, built in 1891 to house the Oregon National Guard.
Two streets over over from Deschute’s is Portland Thirteenth Avenue Historic District, where an entire six blocks (a total of twenty buildings) is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s currently closed to cars, which makes walking with a two year old more enjoyable. We can be all eyes on the buildings, attempting to read the old writing on the brick exterior.