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My frequent trips past the St. Johns bridge has another landmark dotting the route.  The Portland Gas and Coke Building.  The building is over a hundred years old, and has sat vacant for around half of it’s life.  I had been wanting to do a quick fly around the building because of its distinctive architecture, and the heavy layer of patina.  It’s a striking structure.  As the building has sat there untouched for as long as I can remember, I put shooting it on my B-list.

That changed when I heard the NW Natural intended to tear down the structure.  Citing that the building was too hazardous to rehab, and that the surrounding lands are a superfund site, they started moving forward with demolition.  I knew that I had to go and shoot it as soon as possible.

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