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Pioneer Courthouse, Portland

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Pioneer Courthouse is located in Portland. To visit Pioneer Courthouse on your trip to Portland, use our Portland trip planner.
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  • It should first of all be appreciated that this is still a working courthouse. Judge's rooms are inside as are libraries, and most importantly, security at the door (understandable). The security offi...  more »
  • We got off the metro in front of the courthouse so decided to peek inside. We had to go through security and show drivers licenses. There are exhibits to see in all floors including the courtroom. You...  more »
  • It is a federal courthouse, the oldest federal building in the Pacific Northwest and along with Pioneer Courthouse Square is the administrative centre of Downtown Portland. It is an impressive, well-preserved, historic building with a beautiful dome. For reasons of time we were able to appreciate it only on the outside.
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  • Since it opened in 1875, Pioneer Courthouse is one of four primary locations where the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments. It also houses the chambers of the Portland-based judges on the Ninth Circuit. It is open for self-guided tours between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday (except holidays). A brochure for the self-guided tour is available from the Clerk's Office. Visitors are encouraged to bring a camera and take photos in spaces open to visitors. Spaces included in the tour are the historic lobbies, the Judges' Conference Room, the Courthouse Visitor's Center, the historic courtroom, the library, the attorney waiting area, all of the visiting judges' chambers, and the historic cupola. Some spaces are not available for viewing during weeks when court is in session.
  • A truly hidden attraction. People don't really know that it's available for self-guided tours. Most of the rooms are open and available for viewing. It's really cool to be able to see all of the interesting court-related things.
  • Absolutely beautifully lit up at night. Such a historic place.
  • Beautiful courthouse overlooking the square. Lots of fun things to do in the area
  • With asking to step into the tower and enjoy if the view of Pioneer Square.

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