Since the late 1800s, the historic Armory has served multiple purposes, including home to the First Regiment Militia. In 2006, it was given new life as a performing arts theater; Portland Center Stage chose to move to there for a more intimate theater experience. The main stage seats 599 patrons, while the studio theater capacity ranges from 180 to 197, depending on its configuration.
Located within the five-block urban neighborhood known as the Brewery Blocks, the 20,000 sq. foot Armory is a rare example of the “Castellated” architectural style. The new green materials in the $26 million, on-budget renovation were carefully selected to complement the original wood trusses, brick and stone.
The Gerding Theater at the Armory is the first theater in the U.S. and the first building on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.
- “Preservation in Action” Pinnacle Award, Architectural Heritage Center/Bosco-Milligan Foundation, 2008
- AIA | IIDA 2007 Annual Design Awards, Oregon Chapter, Honor Award
- AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Projects in 2007, Category/Title: Honorable Mention
- 2007 Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence: The Americas
- McMorran. (Ed.). (2006). Voices of the Armory. Friends of the Armory and Portland Family of Funds Holdings, Inc.
- USGBC LEED Platinum