Posters for events at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, 1984-1990

Overview of the Collection

Posters for events at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon
1984-1990 (inclusive)
0.2 cubic feet, (1 oversize folder (24x36))
Collection Number
Coll 1039
Five posters relating to events held in the 1980s and early 1990s at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon, including one poster for the square's dedication. Pioneer Courthouse Square is an outdoor public space in downtown Portland that was designed by a team led by architect Willard K. Martin (1930-1985); it was dedicated in April 1984.
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Portland, OR
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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Pioneer Courthouse Square is a one-block, open-air outdoor space in downtown Portland, Oregon. The square was the site of a public school from 1858 until 1883, and then the site of the Portland Hotel from 1890 until 1951. After the hotel's demolition, the department store Meier & Frank used the space as a parking lot. In 1970, Meier & Frank requested a permit to erect a 12-story parking structure at the site. City officials tabled the request, and in 1974 decided that the site should be converted to a public space. A team led by Portland architect Willard K. Martin (1930-1985) won the design competition for the space. The square was dedicated on April 6, 1984.

Source: "Pioneer Courthouse Square," by Elaine S. Friedman, Oregon Encyclopedia,

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of five posters for events held at Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon. One of the posters relates to the square's dedication in April 1984, with the text, "Congratulations, Portland. It's a square!" The other posters advertise the "Shake, Rattle & Soul" concert in August 1989, the Festival of Flowers in 1989 and 1990, and ice skating on the square for December 1989 through early January 1990.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Posters for events at Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon, Coll 1039, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society owns the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift of David Porter, March 2024 (RL2024-021).

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Entertainment events--Oregon--Portland--Posters
  • Plazas--Oregon--Portland

Geographical Names

  • Pioneer Courthouse Square (Portland, Or.)--Posters

Form or Genre Terms

  • posters