FIRST - Air-Conditioned Commonwealth Building, aka Equitable Building, Portland, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red
N 45° 31.278 W 122° 40.632
10T E 525209 N 5040913
Quick Description: Commonwealth Building; aka Equitable Building was the FIRST to be sheathed in aluminum, the FIRST to use double-glazed window panels, and the FIRST to be completely sealed and fully air-conditioned (Heat Pump).
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 8/23/2006 2:43:10 PM
Waymark Code: WMN5B
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member The Blue Quasar
Views: 51

Long Description:


Commonwealth Building, a 13-story commercial office tower, is located at 421 SW Sixth Avenue, between Washington and Stark Streets. Designed by architect Pietro Belluschi (name misspelled on plaque).

According to the Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, it was built between 1944 and 1948 and was originally known as the Equitable Building. It is noted as one of the first glass box towers ever built, pioneering many modern features and built before the more famous Lever House in Manhattan. The building is constructed of sea-green glass and was the FIRST to be sheathed in aluminum, the FIRST to use double-glazed window panels, and the FIRST to be completely sealed and fully air-conditioned (Heat Pump).

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