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How Did the Pearl District Get Its Name?

Posted By Adonay Solleiro on January 6, 2014

  • Communications, Featured News, Livability, Pearl News

The most widely circulated Pearl origin story is that in 1985, local gallery director Thomas Augustine was quoted in a travel magazine as saying that the neighborhood’s industrial buildings were like crusty oysters, while the galleries and lofts inside were like pearls.


The legend was extended in 2002, when The Oregonian’s Margie Boulé tracked down Augustine, who emended his tale with the late-breaking news that he’d actually named the ’hood in honor of his friend Pearl Marie Amhara. Amhara supposedly threw such great warehouse parties that people started calling it “Pearl’s place” or “Pearl’s district.”


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Author: Adonay Solleiro

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