The Square is located just northeast of the heart of downtown Portland, in close proximity to much of Portland’s downtown retail.
The beautiful courthouse is just over 50,000 square feet in size. It was first completed circa 1875, and is listed as a National Register of Historic Places Landmark Structure. Its stately presence frames in the square, while in return, the open space contributes to the courthouse’s visual prominence.
VISITOR’S INFORMATION CENTER
A visitor’s information center is built right into the side of the square and surrounded by a large water feature.
“PORTLAND’S LIVING ROOM”
Providing not only a great destination, but also the perfect place to stroll while passing through
Whether you are catching a concert, eating lunch, or just people watching; the space’s flexible design provides plenty of seating.
The layout provides an excellent space for community festivals, performances, and movie nights!
The Square is considered the nerve center of downtown Portland—with some 26,000 residents, workers, and tourists interacting with it daily. And holds as many as 191 events in a single year!
MAX Light Rail
Pioneer Courthouse Square’s success was in many ways buoyed by a partnership with the local transit authority. Planned concurrently with the MAX light rail system, the Square functions as a vibrant transit hub.
The Square sits on a site that was once occupied by the “glorious Portland Hotel”, but that building was torn-down in 1951 to make way for a new surface parking lot. Pioneer Courthouse Square was officially opened on April 6, 1984 after years of planning and fundraising – including the sale of thousands of personalized bricks with which the Square was ultimately constructed.
What do you think? Would people in Oklahoma City use a public space like Pioneer Courthouse Square? Do you think we already have a downtown public space of this caliber? If we did try to build such a space, where should it go? What should it be near? Could it be built alongside the transit being considered for Maps3?