Pioneer Courthouse
Pioneer Courthouse
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Amy W
Phoenix, AZ140 contributions
Sep 2020
Unfortunately like many of the attractions that we wanted to see during our stay ini Portland, the Pioneer Courthouse and Pioneer Courthouse Square fell victim to the recent protests and riots that were occuring. The Pioneer Courthouse was boarded up and there was fencing around the building. The square was littered with graffiti and tagging. Hopefully when we go back to Portland to visit our son things will be cleaned up.
Written September 14, 2020
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sjp1500
Portland, OR31 contributions
Aug 2016 • Friends
Across from Nordstrom, Macy's and nearby Nike, Apple, Microsoft, etc. for shoppers,
This really is the center of Portland downtown where many events happen. Visitors and locals need to be cognizant of homeless people in and around this area, however.-the reason for 3* If you are in the city center, it is a place you will see in any case.
Written August 10, 2016
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bsandrs
Portsmouth, UK23,078 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
A fascinating glimpse into the workings of the Courthouse and the history of an impressive and imposing building. Access is, quite rightly, after well conducted airport style security and whilst there is good freedom to walk and enjoy the corridors, it must be born in mind this is an operational building, not a relic. The artefacts and story boards have great tales to tell. There is lift access to the third floor and then stairs to the Cupola which has views over the surrounding area. A visit can easily take more than an hour.
Written May 22, 2017
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GoDucks99
Oregon330 contributions
Nov 2016 • Friends
You'll need a photo ID to get in. But the view from the cupola at the top of the building is great. You will see several historical photos showing how Portland has changed, from the Park Blocks that were once empty blocks to the growth of housing on the West Hills. Worth it. And free. (A lot of stairs)
Written November 4, 2016
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LandCruisers
San Diego, CA357 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
The Courthouse is on the Square, and is definitely worth its own visit. You go through security to get in, and then the guards give you a thumb-nail of the history and architecture of the building. They are very knowledgeable and obviously proud of the courthouse. Then they set you loose to wander around by yourself! We spent an hour browsing through the old photographs and documents, poking our heads into various chambers and old rooms, and admiring the architecture. Half the time you feel as if you're in a museum, and the other half you realize you're in a working courthouse. This is an example of Good Government: accessible to the public (free), well maintained, and with clear signage and descriptions of the history and workings of the building. Don't miss it!
Written May 18, 2013
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Glenn W
Sydney, Australia317 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
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 officers are very polite and very professional. Once inside, you will enjoy the majesty of this building, the wonderful paintings and the history there. Take the staircase to the top and enjoy the view around Portland (totally enclosed). It is a wonderful combination - the preservation of history and culture and the continued life of a wonderful old courthouse. Enjoy.
Written October 23, 2017
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DJBaker5155
Lanesboro, MN195 contributions
Apr 2016 • Couples
As a history buff this is really a neat old building. You have to make the trip all the way to the top.
Written May 18, 2016
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nonukes17
Vancouver, Canada118 contributions
Aug 2015 • Family
While checking out Pioneer Square we noticed the Courthouse. We decided to go have a look inside. What a beautiful building with so many interesting American facts. Although we are not American it was very interesting to read about the history of the people and the building. Make sure to walk up to the cupola and enjoy the surrounding views.
Written August 14, 2015
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Bridstow
Peterborough, UK896 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
Our visit to Pioneer Courthouse was well worth it.

It is an active Courthouse - being a Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. It is beautifully preserved and presented, and is a key part of not only Portland's history but that of the United States of America. There is nothing that reinforces this more clearly than the certificates of presidential appointments of signed by numerous past Presidents from Benjamin Harrison in 1892 to Bill Clinton. For those like me who are fascinated by events such as Watergate, Richard Nixon's signature predates his troubles and the spidery signature seen later in life following the stresses of events. Interestingly no appointments have been made to this circuit to date by Barack Obama.

Although having to go through security as it is a working court, once in, you are free to wander around the building at leisure. Effectively you can go anywhere that has a open door. You are also at liberty to take photographs providing you respect the privacy of those working in the Courthouse.

As you walk around you sense the importance of the building and those who have passed through it whether they be the judges or advocates who between them have made history from the judgements passed.

The highly polished floors, woodwork, magnificent furnishings and flag of the United State of America together with the nameplates of current Circuit Judges exude the feeling of power and influence.

Spread over five floors it is well worth observing the rooms from differing aspects and whilst doing so imagining the business being transacted.

The well appointed Courtroom felt disproportionately small in comparison to the importance of cases that are listed here and the woodwork is in such fantastic condition it may have only just been installed.

Look out for the postal lobby where you will see the worn patch on the marble where historically visitors used to stand.

For those who are able due to the stairs, a visit to The Cupola on the 5th Floor will provide a 360 degree panoramic view of downtown Portland. Take a moment to compare the view from a 100 years ago with that today. It is worth saying that the temperature outside was around 90F or 32C - It must have been over 110F or 43C in The Cupola!

The Courthouse may not be high on everyone's list of places to visit whilst in Portland but it is well worth an hour of your time and if so be sure to sign the guest book in the lobby to secure your place in history!
Written July 1, 2015
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RobChoc
Jackson, MS34 contributions
Jul 2014 • Business
I went here because of the history but the view alone is worth the trip. It's a working courthouse so you have to go through security but they let us roam the halls and go in the courtrooms. If you go, be sure to climb the stairs all the way to the top for a great view of the city and beyond.
Written July 29, 2014
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Pioneer Courthouse, Portland