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The Brewery Blocks

Portland, Oregon

Completed in 2006, the award-winning and world-famous Brewery Blocks, located at the former site of the Blitz-Weinhard Brewery, are a five-block, seven-building project in the southwest section of Portland’s vibrant Pearl District. The project is the largest contiguous private development in Portland’s history and includes:

The Gerding Theater, which was the first building on the National Register of Historic Places to achieve LEED Platinum rating.

A chilled water system at Block 1 (atop Whole Foods Market) that provides water for air conditioning and heating for all seven buildings.

The preservation of the original "smokestack" as an icon for the neighborhood.

The Brewery Blocks contain 1.5 million square feet of urban retail / class-A office space, residential housing and three levels of underground parking in the heart of the city. The historic preservation has transformed the area into a vibrant urban neighborhood and increased retail and commercial activity.

The design is faithful to both the industrial character of the former brewery and the modern Pearl District, with a combination of sustainable offices, urban housing, art galleries and smart transportation. GBD continues to call the Brewery Blocks home, occupying more than 15,000 square feet within the original Brewhouse building.


1,500,000 sf


Six USGBC LEED-certified projects: 1 Platinum, 4 Gold, 1 Silver


2014, ULI Global Awards for Excellence, Winner

2004 AIA / Portland Award for Sustainable Design

2004, ARC, Excellence in Engineering Award

Libby, Brian. “A Vibrant Development: The Brewery Blocks.” Daily Journal of Commerce, Special Pull-out Feature. (February 2003): 19-29.

Sierra Club, Inaugural Guide to America’s Best New Development Projects, 2005

© GBD Architects Incorporated 1120 NW Couch St., Suite 300 Portland, OR 97209 Tel. (503) 224-9656

©GBD Architects Incorporated

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