If you’ve visited the North Park Blocks or the main Post Office in the last couple of months, you’ve likely noticed the construction crane and trailers in the parking lot on the west side of the historic 511 Federal Building. Originally built as the city’s central post office and most recently housing the Department of Homeland Security and immigration services, the building will open on January 20, 2015 as the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design. The Pacific Northwest College of Art acquired the building in 2008 with the long-term goal of centering its urban campus around the North Park Blocks—a goal that will be mostly realized when 511 opens its doors just in time for Spring Semester. Take a tour of the renovation by Brad Cloepfil of Allied Works Architecture, and try not to dream about going back to college. We dare you.
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