Pacific NW College of Art getting new campus

Pacific NW College of Art getting new campus

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by Joe Smith, KGW business reporter

kgw.com

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 7:17 AM

Updated Friday, Feb 14 at 12:39 PM

PORTLAND- Everything old is new again. A prime example is the 511 Historic Federal Building on Northwest Broadway.

After ten years in the works, construction has finally begun to transform this piece of Portland's history into the new campus of the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

"This is very much in keeping with the spirit of how Portland does things," said Tom Manley, president of PNCA.

All the beauty of the 1919 building is being preserved, six floors of marble walls, floors and stairs and ornate ceilings.

"This believe it or not was a building that was considered understated at the time," said Manley.

Unlike most colleges, this will be a living canvas open to the public.

"It will house our library, studios on the upper floors, labs, administrative offices and innovation studio, theaters," Manley said.

When it's finished a year from now it will be called the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and design. With their help, $15 million dollars of the $32 million price tag has been been raised. Historic and new market tax credits will pick up the rest.

"We think it will bring new life to the North Park Blocks and that it will serve as a bridge between the Pearl District and Old Town China Town." said Manley

Next February will welcome the first class.

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