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White Stag Block, Portland

Photo: UO Portland

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White Stag Block, Portland

The White Stag Block sits in Portland's Old Town district. The “block” is actually made up of three buildings that have been merged into one property. “Historic” is not just an adjective for the White Stag Block. The buildings were put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Now used mainly by the University of Oregon, the property was redeveloped in the early 2000s and received LEED Gold status once it was reopened in 2008. 

Recycled materials were used extensively in the design (98 percent of the materials for the renovation were salvaged) and a premium was put on natural light. Low-flow plumbing and energy-efficient lighting fixtures were added. A rainwater collection system was also installed. The White Stag Block's renovation has an impact beyond its buildings. It has inspired other similar renovation projects in Old Portland, revitalizing the area and putting the spotlight on the practice of renovating older buildings.