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Pioneer Courthouse

700 Southwest 6th Avenue, Portland, OR, United States
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    The Pioneer Courthouse was built in 1869 and is the oldest federal building in the Pacific Northwest, and the second oldest west of the Mississippi River. It is also known as the Pioneer Post Office until that part of the building closed in 2005. The courthouse is one of four primary locations where the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hears oral arguments. It also houses the chambers of the Portland-based judges on the Ninth Circuit. It's a prominent building just across the street from Pioneer Courthouse Square and in my opinion kind of taken for granted.

    I went inside to take a look the last time I was in Portland and it was worth every minute of the 30-60 minutes that I spend admiring the various aspects of this building. The old wooden staircases, with ornate wooden balustrades between the 1st and 4th Floors, and the period wood carpets covering the threads are beautiful. I also enjoyed the wood paneled courtroom (including the Attorney waiting area), the ornate elevator, the classic law library, and of course the old post office windows. The highlight of the visit was being up in the cupola and looking out into Portland. It was like being in an urban tree house, although the modern buildings have significantly obstructed the previous river and landscape views. The Pioneer Courthouse is open Monday through Friday and a brief and friendly security check (with photo ID) is required.

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    Be sure to get there early because the tours only go until 5PM. I arrived just a bit too late to get inside so I'll have to try another time.

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    Pioneer Courthouse is a historic building based in downtown Portland. The courthouse offers a quick tour and ends with an aerial view of the city. On the top floor (which can get fairly hot in the summers), are old pictures of Portland, so you get to see the contrast between what the downtown area looked like in the 1800s and what it looks like now.

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    This used to be the post office! Before that I assume it was an actual courthouse. Perhaps pioneers once held court there, but I kind of doubt it. Could make for a fun urban legend, though.

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    I like Pioneer Courthouse quite a bit. It's fits the architecture of old Portland quite a bit. It's close to everything, so I'd recommend if your near downtown Portland to stop by.

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    One of the oldest buildings in Portland

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The Pioneer Courthouse is a judicially historical site in Portland, Oregon as well as a widely recognized landmark and attraction. The Courthouse is one of the oldest federal buildings in the United States, and is the oldest federal building in the Northwest territory. Special tours are offered through the historic site, giving participants a chance to appreciate the classically decorated interior, post-office fixtures and fine wooden furnishings. The tour culminates in a chance to enjoy the privileged, bird's eye view of the city from the top of the majestic building.

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