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An entirely new kind of travel book—a boxed set of cards that guides you to the unique and memorable places that give Portland its distinctive character.

The Charles W. Moore Center for the Study of Place
January 2009
This book is out of print and no longer available.

Places—buildings, neighborhoods, landmarks, and cultural and commercial institutions—help define a city's unique character, its "sense of place." This is the key concept behind Placenotes, a wholly new type of travel guide that features the "one of a kind" places that make a city distinctive. Not a conventional travel book, Placenotes is a set of individual cards that describe specific places. The front of each card has a color photograph that captures the spirit of a particular place. The back of the card tells the story of the place, often with commentary by a local expert. It also provides all the practical details you need to plan your visit. A map, index of places, and key to symbols comes in the set. The cards are contained in a sturdy box with a lid that snaps shut with invisible magnets.

Selected Placenotes–Portland:

  • Pioneer Square
  • Hillsdale Library
  • The Pearl District
  • Ira Keller Fountain
  • Chapman Elementary School
  • The Rebuilding Center
  • The Lovejoy Plaza
  • Ace Hotel
  • Hoyt Arboretum
  • Silver Falls State Park
  • Timberline Lodge
  • Jean Vollum National Capital Center
  • Mt. Angel Abbey Library
  • International Rose Test Garden

Placenotes is the creation of KEVIN KEIM, Director of the Charles W. Moore Center for the Study of Place in Austin, Texas. Charles W. Moore (1925–1993) was a world-renowned architect, educator, and writer. To carry on his work, the Moore Center was founded in 1994 to teach people about the importance of good places, design, and architecture.