The North Park Lofts

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Property Management
Community Management Co. (CMI)
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Along the beautiful tree-lined Park Blocks of the Pearl District in Portland, stands an old industrial building with a curious past. Built in 1909 by Bennes, Hendricks & Tobey architecture firm, what is now the North Park Lofts started out as the headquarters for the Blumauer-Frank Drug Company. In 1941, The Burnett Car Company purchased the building — which was already considered to be virtually bomb proof, due to being built out of super-reinforced concrete — and updated it with new wiring and automatic sprinklers, so that it laid claim to being the most fire-proof building in Portland. Because of the building’s incredibly high safety standards, in 1942 it was leased briefly by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to store personal possessions for Americans of Japanese decent who were incarcerated in US government camps.

After changing ownership in the 1990’s, the building became known as the Artisan Building, housing artists, professional photographers, an art gallery and a deli. In 1997, Enterprise Development converted the existing 6 floors into lofts, and also added 4 additional floors.

North Park Lofts is one of the few true loft buildings in the Pearl District. It’s sixty nine residential units range in size from about 700 to 1,900 square feet, helping to create a diverse population within the building.

Security at the North Park Lofts is enhanced by a computerized entry fob for front door and garage entry, and camera surveillance 24/7. In addition, the building is a member of Downtown Clean and Safe program and North Park Blocks Conservancy.

Historic North Park Blocks

The building faces the Parisian-like North Park Blocks with its elegant lamp posts and majestic elm trees.

North Park Blocks has something for everyone; basketball and bocce ball courts, a playground and sculptures – – including an 11-foot tall bronze elephant, a Wegman dog bowl fountain and the new Lee Kelly sculpture. The park is home to the annual “Art in the Pearl” event. The historic DeSoto Building with its beautiful rooftop terrace, on the park perimeter, houses  trendy art galleries.

The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is in the midst of transforming the North Park Blocks. “PNCA’s vision for a campus centered on the North Park Blocks aligns with Portland’s emerging creative services economy. John Jay, executive creative director for Wieden+Kennedy, describes the project’s importance: “Our collective future rests in our ability to create, attract, maintain, and cultivate the business of ideas and innovation. PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design will be the intersection of this city’s intellectual and artistic dialogue.”  Businesses, organizations, student housing and schools are being introduced in the North Park Blocks corridor as the center of this growing art district.

Enjoy A Walker’s Paradise

The North Park Blocks are a green oasis between downtown, Old Town and the Pearl.

Walk Score rates the location 99/100 a “Walker’s Paradise”
Daily errands do not require a car.
Transit Score 94/100 “Rider’s Paradise”
World-class public transportation.
Bike Score 98/100 “Biker’s Paradise”
Flat as a pancake, excellent bike lanes.

20 minute walk time from North Park Lofts

Relax with Barbecue and Wifi on our Rooftop Deck

Residents can barbecue on the large communal deck and adjacent common room on the 10th floor. Perfect for an outdoor meal or party. The deck provides 270 degree view of Northeast, North, Pearl and West Hills.

rooftop party