Portland Walking Tours

We’re #7! We’re #7!

October 12th, 2009

Yep… Portland was honored with a 7th place finish this month by Travel + Leisure Magazine, beating out big cities like Berlin, Rome and London, with having the seventh ugliest building in the world. Apparently, the editors at Travel + Leisure Magazine have decided to weigh in on the long simmering local debate about our city’s beloved (or, depending on your perspective, despised) Portland Building.

In our humble opinion here at Portland Walking Tours (or at least in the opinion of the 50% of us who love the building), if you think the Portland Building is ugly then you’ve never seen some of the big box stores out in the suburbs. Now that is ugly.

If you want to read more, or maybe catch a look at some of the competition, you can find the whole article in this months edition of Travel + Leisure Magazine.

Or, on the other hand, if you want to see the Portland Building up close and personal, and discover the real story about the building, its architect Michael Graves, and find out some juicy tidbits about Portlandia (that’s the name of the big statue gracing the Portland Building’s facade), then you should definitely come take our Best of Portland Tour. The tour leaves everyday (April through November) at 10:00 a.m. from the Broadway entrance to the Hilton Hotel downtown. The tour stops by the Portland Building for what always turns into a real conversation starter. So, local, or not, come join us for a Best of Portland Tour someday. We might not be able to make you change your mind about the building, but at least you’ll know the real story behind it.