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.