The Portland Gas & Coke Building

The Portland Gas & Coke Building, also called Gasco, is of interest to many Portlanders. Unfortunately, it’s also unsafe.

Background

In 1913, Portland Gas & Coke built a plant in North Portland to manufacture gas from oil – the technology of the time. Natural gas came to Portland in the mid 1950's – eliminating the need for manufactured gas – and the company shut down the plant soon after.

The administration building is the only structure remaining on site from those days, and it has been unused since the gas manufacturing days. It has been vacant since 1958. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll on the building. It is extremely unsafe and structurally unsound. It also is contaminated with asbestos, lead and other material. Additionally, it sits on contaminated property that we are legally required to cleanup and is adjacent to a federal Superfund site. Further, it is zoned industrial and is located between two of our company’s secure operations – a water treatment plant and a natural gas storage operation.

Plans for the future

NW Natural has a permit to remove the building and will likely do so at the end of the summer 2015. The company had previously asked for a permit extension after a community group asked to lead a fund-raising effort, with the goal of preserving the building as a monument. Unfortunately the effort was not successful.

Many people have asked for permission to take photos of the building from the site. We cannot allow anyone on the property at this time. However, a professional photographer has taken photos, which we will be happy to share if you are interested. Please email media@nwnatural.com.

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The donation of the building’s clock made to OSU’s historic Benton Hall in 1988.

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The donation of the building’s clock made to OSU’s historic Benton Hall in 1988.

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The donation of the building’s clock made to OSU’s historic Benton Hall in 1988.

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NW Natural’s former administration building in North Portland.

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NW Natural’s former administration building in North Portland.

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NW Natural’s former administration building in North Portland.

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NW Natural’s former administration building in North Portland.

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NW Natural’s former administration building in North Portland.

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NW Natural’s former administration building in North Portland.

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NW Natural’s former administration building in North Portland.