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“Michael Graves’ seminal Portland Public Services Building will be spared from demolition, despite being described as a “white elephant” and requiring an estimated $95 million for renovation.

Also known as the Portland Building, the 15-story office block in Portland, Oregon, will continue to provide facilities for 1,300 of the city’s employees with a redesign that will include input from the original architect.

“It’s going to be saved,” Graves told the Architect’s Newspaper Blog. “They told me… They said they are saving the building and not only that but we want you to sit on a committee for the redesign.” Graves suggested that work could begin on the building in 2015.”

As reported on dezeen.com, the big “White Elephant” of Portland will be renovated rather than demolished. You can read the story here: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/12/29/iconic-postmodern-portland-building-saved-architect-michael-graves/

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