FORMER Madison Street Changes

In order to better serve the community, connect the two Museum buildings on several levels, and improve accessibility for people of all ages and abilities, the Portland City Council granted the Portland Art Museum a change to the ordinance governing the vacated section of SW Madison Street between SW Park Avenue and SW 10th Avenue to allow for the construction of a ground-level glass pavilion. This section of Madison Street was vacated in 1968, subject to an 8-foot wide pedestrian passageway.   The amended ordinance maintains the public passageway through the pavilion, which will be a free and open space from 5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. (Coinciding with Portland Streetcar hours)

What are the benefits of enclosing the passageway?
The benefits of the enclosed passageway are as follows. It makes it possible to have two museum entrances (east and west) that are accessible to people who use wheelchairs or have mobility issues. It allows for renovations throughout both existing buildings that will create three, barrier-free floors—allowing visitors to travel north and south, through the pavilion on elevated walkways. It also creates 30,000 square feet of new public, community space.

How do the proposed changes affect access to and from SW 10th Avenue and SW Park Avenue?
The Pavilion will remain a free and public space to individuals using the passageway to and from SW 10th Avenue and SW Park Avenue, patronizing Museum offerings (e.g., gift shop, café, etc.), or attending the Museum during Pavilion hours (5:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. on weekdays, from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. on Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays).. That includes individuals with bicycles or pets.

Do the proposed changes affect walking distances?
Walking distances will remain unchanged during pavilion hours. When the Pavilion is closed, the walking distance between the streetcar stop on Tenth Avenue to popular destinations such as the Oregon Historical Society, Hatfield Hall, and the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall via Jefferson or Main Street are the same as the walking distance using the Madison Street passageway. Safety remains a focus. All sides of the Main Building and Mark Building are well-lit and monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by security cameras and on-site security staff.

Is the City giving land to the Museum with this ordinance change?
No. The land became the property of the Museum when the street was vacated in 1968. That status does not change.

Who will be responsible for maintaining the Pavilion and passageway?
The Museum will assume maintenance responsibility and will provide liability insurance covering the passageway. Additionally, Museum security staff will monitor the Pavilion during all open hours.

What will happen to the existing, outdoor sculpture in between the two buildings?
Like the art inside the buildings, outdoor sculptures are rotated regularly. Outdoor sculptures will be displayed in the new East and West Plazas, as well other locations around the buildings.

Contact Laura Bartroff with questions. laura.bartroff@pam.org, 503-276-4207.