Avard Fairbanks (1897-1987) created two sets of external bronze doors in 1931 for the US Bank building on SW Stark Street, one set on SW Broadway, the other on SW Sixth Avenue.

Fairbanks created several Portland are artworks, including the World War I Memorials at Jefferson High School, the Standard Insurance Icon, and Pioneer Mother at Esther Short Park in Vancouver. At the time these works – and others – were made, Fairbanks was teaching sculpture at the University of Oregon in Eugene.

The slide show above shows the Broadway doors, and the eight panels of “historical” imagery.

You can see these bronze panels in more detail at the Portland Public Art archive.

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