Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Memorial Coliseum: Portland's Penn Station?

An interesting guest opinion from Ryan Yaden on the site which compares the demolition of New York city's Penn Station to what might just happen here in the Rose City with the potential loss of the Memorial Coliseum.   Ryan's opinion piece does carry some weight as he is an architect and his article points out both the historical significance of the Coliseum as well as the unique qualities it possesses as a piece of 'modern' architecture  A good read.

1 comment:

  1. To me, the most significant argument against demolition is quite simple: the coliseum was dedicated to "advancement of cultural opportunities for the community and to the memory of our veterans of all wars who made the supreme sacrifice." Please read that carefully, because it represents a promise to the community. The coliseum was dedicated as a memorial, and we simply don't tear down memorials, especially ones that honor both cultural opportunities and war dead.

    I cannot imagine one argument, in favor of demolishing such a memorial, that holds water. With the dedication came a bond between those that manage the community and the members of the community. The only choice for the community managers is to respect the nature of the dedication, real and implicit, and move on to some other site for construction. It is about that simple.