Monday the Pacific Northwest College of Art welcomes students into its new building. The restored structure is at 511 Broadway in Portland.
The building was a hub for the postal service for most of its life. Built in 1918, it has also housed immigration and customs enforcement, U.S. Customs and other agencies.
But PNCA has spent $34 million renovating the place, under the direction of internationally-recognized architect Brad Cloepfil.
PNCA President Tom Manley says the move nearly doubles the size of the college’s main campus. He adds the building is on the edge of the north end of downtown — an area on the cusp of development.
“I’ve thought about it as a gateway into this area where the Pearl District and Old Town/Chinatown come together,” Manley said. “We’re really excited about that.”
PNCA now accommodates 500 art students. Manley says he expects the school will expand further with all the new space.
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