James Beard Public Market

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The James Beard Public Market is a proposed public market in Portland, Oregon.[1] It is named after James Beard, a Portland-born chef and cookbook writer. The market was planned to be located at the west end of the Morrison Bridge in downtown Portland, in what are currently parking lots, but this site was dropped in November 2016 after concerns over pedestrian accessibility due to the bridgehead ramps.[2] The developer, Melvin Mark Development, still plans to build a 17-story building at the same site.[3] Original designs for the market called for it to have two halls, totaling 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2),[4] along with 60 permanent and 30 to 40 temporary stalls for food vendors.[5] Design for the market is being led by the Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta.


The market's namesake, James Beard, in 1981

Part of the originally proposed site of the market abuts The Oregonian Printing Press Park, where the first copy of The Oregonian was printed in December 1850.[6]

The original site for the James Beard Public Market is located near the former site of the Portland Public Market, which was the largest public market in the United States when it was built in December 1933 for $1 million.[7] It was located on what is now Tom McCall Waterfront Park in between the Hawthorne Bridge and Morrison Bridge. Its construction enabled removal of the on-street Carroll Public Market. After closing in 1942 due to lack of demand, it was later used as the headquarters of The Oregon Journal from 1948 to 1961. Demolition occurred in 1969.[7]

Multnomah County sold 3.12 acres (1.26 ha) of property to Melvin Mark Companies and the James Beard Public Market Foundation in June 2012 for $10.43 million.[8]


The market is expected to cost $30 million to construct, with the funds coming from public donations and Multnomah County. According to the market's director, it will include solar panels and green roofing, be divided into 12-by-12-foot (3.7 m × 3.7 m) stalls, and have a mezzanine level for education and cooking classes.[9]

Portland city officials considered removing or modifying the cloverleaf ramps that run from the Morrison Bridge to Naito Parkway,[10] while the market proposed moving the ramps to Morrison and Stark streets, allowing easier pedestrian access from the waterfront.[11] However, the market and the city failed to reach a decision on the ramps, leading the market to abandon the waterfront site in November 2016. Other sites near the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and in the South Waterfront are under consideration as alternatives.[2]

The initial design for the market was unveiled on June 25, 2015 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.[3] Facing Naito Parkway and the Willamette River, there would have been 650 feet (200 m) of storefronts, with a facade of glass doors to allow outdoor seating during good weather.[12] A terraced rooftop garden with views of Mount Hood was also planned.[13]

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  1. ^ Taka, Tomo (June 25, 2015). "Snøhetta reveals designs for Portland's 80,000 sq ft James Beard Public Market". The Spaces. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Schmidt, Brad (October 28, 2016). "James Beard Public Market scraps plan for downtown location". The Oregonian. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Gragg, Randy (June 24, 2015). "This is What Portland's Groundbreaking James Beard Public Market Might Look Like". Portland Monthly. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Rosenstock, Ariel (June 30, 2015). "Portland Foodies Rejoice: Snøhetta Is Designing the Planned James Beard Public Market". The Architect's Newspaper. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Woodard, Chris (June 24, 2015). "Downtown PDX gearing up for new foodie market". KOIN. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Saker, Anne (May 27, 2011). "In downtown Portland, developer of James Beard Public Market promises to keep Oregonian's birthplace". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Killen, John (April 6, 2015). "Past Tense Oregon: Long-gone Portland Public Market Building once stood tall". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  8. ^ Mayer, James (June 14, 2012). "Multnomah County approves public market land deal". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  9. ^ House, Kelly (May 1, 2014). "James Beard Public Market won't be 'a rarefied yuppie food hall': 5 details about the market". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  10. ^ Schmidt, Brad (December 9, 2014). "How removing a Morrison Bridge ramp could change the James Beard Public Market". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  11. ^ Hernandez, Tony (March 12, 2015). "James Beard Public Market developers propose new Morrison Bridge ramps". The Oregonian. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  12. ^ Martin, Hannah (June 29, 2015). "Snøhetta Releases Designs for the James Beard Public Market". Architectural Digest. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
  13. ^ Bell, John (June 25, 2015). "First look: The James Beard Public Market (Renderings)". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved August 28, 2015.

Coordinates: 45°31′08″N 122°40′19″W / 45.519°N 122.672°W / 45.519; -122.672