Southeast Division and 25th St. in Portland, OR
After watching Portland’s Pearl District become more and more gentrified around him at his former gallery and studio space, local sculptor, Marty Eichinger, craved a more “real” community; less glossy, more down to earth. He wanted to be where artists were still active. At that time, SE Division was still a bit rough around the edges. When he bought the building at 2516 over ten years ago, he never considered tearing it down, as is so often done in Portland. He liked “the old lady.” Marty envisioned a long-term studio and residence for himself there, with the potential for expansion.
With construction now underway, the development of the existing building into “The Geode: A Nest for Creative Entrepreneurs” will achieve Marty’s desire to have an active, dynamic community of high-level creatives and innovators surrounding him. Marty hopes to have entrepreneurs, thinkers and creators of all kinds.
The Geode will offer a unique mix of benefits such as interior and exterior bike parking areas, shower facilities, an inspiring design aesthetic, features like a common conference area and plans for a restaurant that will help to encourage a sense of community and perhaps even some cross-pollination, creatively-speaking.
With many building development projects in Portland, parking becomes an issue for the residents of the neighborhood. As the Geode will offer creative space, rather than residential space, overnight parking will not be an issue for the neighbors, with whom he has valued relationships. Marty’s own apartment within the building will continue to be The Geode’s only residential unit including interior parking.
Long-term plans include the addition of a rooftop garden, which would give the urban corner a green space it has never had. Marty also plans to open the doors to his classical, romantic sculpture gallery, as well as offering studio tours, which will finally allow the community to see what’s been going on behind these walls for the past decade.
Illustration by Koble Creative
Learn more at:
The Geode is scheduled for completion in July of 2017.
Spaces can be reserved by contacting Josh Bean at
Be the first to post a comment about this blog entry.