One of the icons of American postmodernism, Michael Graves’ Portland Building (1982), has been in the news recently after it was declared structurally unsound. A $95million restoration is now planned although there remains a lobby demanding that the building be demolished.
It was a divisive project from the start, causing local architect Pietro Belluschi to claim “it’s not architecture, it’s packaging”.
Presumably Meier and Frank’s department store took that sentiment to heart, producing this commemorative biscuit tin in the shape of the building. This picture, which was published in BD in 1984, came courtesy of head of architecture at Portsmouth polytechnic, Geoffrey Broadbent who picked up one of the tins on a visit to the US.
The Portland Building Cookie Tin