Ira Keller Fountain Park, Portland

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Keller Fountain Park is a city park in downtown Portland, Oregon. Originally named Forecourt Fountain or Auditorium Forecourt, the 0.92acre park opened in 1970 across Third Avenue from what was then Civic Auditorium. In 1978, the park was renamed after Ira Keller, head of the Portland Development Commission (PDC) from 1958–1972. Civic Auditorium was renamed as Keller Auditorium in 2000, but is named in honor of Richard B. Keller.The central feature of the park is the concrete water fountain. Keller Fountain is often noted as a memorable feature of the public landscape in downtown Portland, and in 1999 was awarded a medallion from the American Society of Landscape Architects. The fountain was designed by Angela Danadjieva using inspiration from waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge located east of Portland. While the park is named Keller Fountain Park, the fountain itself is named Ira Keller Fountain. The fountain's pools hold of water, while the waterfalls pump per minute over the cascade.HistoryPrior to being a park, the block was the location of a popular tavern run by Bud Clark, who was later to become a mayor of Portland. Clark purchased the tavern formerly known as "Dot Tavern" for $1,600, including acquisition of the lease for the building. Clark renamed it the Spatenhaus and it was reopened in October 1962. As the area was already part of the South Auditorium urban renewal area, Clark lost the lease when the PDC acquired the block in May 1967. The firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill was then asked by PDC to draw plans for the park, which foresaw a fountain, a traffic turnaround, and underground parking for 150 cars. Protests were raised however, by Walter Gordon, the architectural adviser to the PDC, and in July 1968 the Lawrence Halprin design firm was commissioned in to design the park, partly due to Gordon's advocacy.
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  • September 25, 2017
    In walking distance to most downtown hotels. Lovely spot to sit and look at the waterfalls. Only downside is that there were a few homeless people there when we arrived early in the am. But that is to...  more »
  • September 19, 2017
    This is a nice park, just across the street from our hotel, but the homeless people were bathing there the day we walked over. Didn't want to stick around. Beautiful water fountain but be careful!  more »
  • August 29, 2017
    This fountain's water flows all year round. There are quite a few fountains along the path from here towards the South, where you can also visit Lovejoy Fountain and a couple smaller fountains... We u...  more »
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  • June 16, 2017
    The pictures don't do it justice, you kinda have to just see it for yourself. Absolutely gorgeous design. It's funny to spot the locals just chillin there alongside the awestruck tourists..
  • July 1, 2017
    Not perfect, but as close as I've seen. Lovely place to hang and recharge in the city.
  • May 7, 2017
    Wasn't running water that day. Still cool looking tho. Right across from opera.
  • June 30, 2017
    Beautiful and fun for small kids (just be sure to keep both eyes on them)
  • July 1, 2017
    I love this fountin but the lack of bathroom and people smoking is suboptimal.

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