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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  • Any day and any time when you can find yourself here you will be glad you did. We really feel it is a little oasis in the middle of the city. You can have a picnic here, pose for special pictures or j...  more »
  • Keller Fountain Park is a city park in downtown Portland, Oregon. Originally named Forecourt Fountain or Auditorium Forecourt, the 0.92-acre park opened in 1970 across Third Avenue from what was then ...  more »
  • There was no water in the fountains. It did look look architecturally interesting. Disappointed, as it would have been a great surprise right in downtown Portland.  more »
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  • I've lived in Downtown Portland Oregon for 10 years and this is by far my favorite hotspot! Very relaxing and beautiful. If you like waterfalls, this is the place to visit in Downtown Portland. It's a whole square block of stone waterfalls that runs 24/7 except in the winter time. A must see!
  • We were there last week and the water was shut off. Very disappointed! Also, I wouldn't consider this a kid friendly park.
  • It would have been a great experience is onlh the water was actually running besides that its a lovely place absolutely beautiful
  • The architecture of this fountain is really something to behold. This is a very popular spot for local parkour athletes and a great place to stop by to people watch or just relax. Unfortunately there are often homeless people taking shelter or hanging out around the fountain. Nevertheless Keller fountain is a must see.
  • Really terrific fountain with sculptural movement and different levels of water cascading off of the fountain. Again would have been 5 stars but was surprised when the sleeping homeless man on the lawn woke up startling me.
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