Berg Building, Portland, Oregon
by Bill Badzo
This is the one building I’ve been told I must see while in Portland. Sumptuous Deco facade.
The Charles F. Berg Building, also the Dolph Building is an art-deco building in downtown Portland, Oregon. It is one of the few examples of commercial use of art-deco in Portland.
The structure was built in 1902, and remodeled into a women’s clothing store with its signature facade in 1930. Charles F. Berg (1871-1932), the building’s namesake, was the owner of the store once located inside. At the time, Charles F. Berg was an upscale store, and featured ornate and lavish interior fixtures such as a Tiffany-designed elevator. The facade includes inlays of 14 Karat gold.
Currently, the building is used as offices, with a retail arcade on the ground floor.