GBD Architects

Belmont Dairy

Portland, Oregon

A model for mixed-income, mixed-use development, the Belmont Dairy project involved the adaptive reuse of a 70-year-old building in the core of the Sunnyside neighborhood in SE Portland. The project was completed in 1999.

Phase I of the project saved 40,000 sq. feet of the original dairy, recycled major elements, and saw Portland General Electric's Earth Smart building standards incorporated throughout. The project provided 26,000 sq. feet of retail space -- anchored by a specialty grocery store -- in an area of town that was targeted for redevelopment.

Phase II of the project converted the former truck parking and maintenance yard into the Belmont Dairy Rowhouses. At a density of 34 units/acre, the rowhouses achieve twice the density of typical rowhouse projects in the region and serve as an innovative model for high-quality, high-density urban living. The project features a landscaped pedestrian courtyard separating two "C" shaped clusters of rowhouses. The pedestrian-friendly project features entry porches, decks and bay windows, rather than the more typical garage door and steep entry stair. On the courtyard side, each unit features a small, private garden area with planting beds and stone paving enclosed by an ornamental fence.


1997 Governor’s Livability Award

1999 Ahwahnee Award

1999 Governor’s Livability Special Mention Award

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©GBD Architects Incorporated

  • 1120 NW Couch St., Suite 300 Portland, OR 97209
  • (503) 224-9656