ArtHouse: Student Life

Architect’s rendering of ArtHouse. Courtesy Lever Architecture / LRS Architects.

In 2010, PNCA’s Board of Governors approved the vision for a North Park Blocks Campus.

One aspect of this is ArtHouse, a dedicated PNCA student housing community that opened in Fall 2013. Anticipating PNCA’s expansion, the Powell Family collaborated with PNCA to develop ArtHouse on their property that formerly housed Powell’s Technical Bookstore on the North Park Blocks.

Two blocks from the Portland Streetcar and the Green/Yellow Max Line, ArtHouse stands at a pivotal location at the intersection of Powell’s holdings and PNCA’s North Park Blocks presence that includes Museum of Contemporary Craft and PNCA’s Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design.

The first floor of the six-story ArtHouse, designed by Thomas Robinson of Lever Architecture, will house a café plus retail and gallery spaces. On the upper floors, there will be 50 apartments in studio, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom configurations to house 130 PNCA students. The close proximity of a new arts-centered apartment building to the College will make a walkable, sustainable urban campus, activating the entire spine of the North Park Blocks by bringing new residents and 24/7 life to the area while highlighting the arts as a unifying value of the community.

Creativity Works Here

PNCA is now embarking on our boldest venture yet: a $15 million campaign to transform not just a college, but a city, by establishing the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design as an anchor for the College’s vision of a new campus home on Portland’s North Park Blocks, thanks to a lead gift from The Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation of $5 million to name the historic former post office at 511 NW Broadway.