Photo of Holden of Pearl

Photo of Holden of Pearl

Photo of Holden of Pearl

Photo of Holden of Pearl

Photo of Holden of Pearl

Photo of Holden of Pearl

Holden of Pearl

Senior Living in the Pearl District

The design for Holden of Pearl creates integrated care and inspiring amenities for seniors in Portland’s Pearl District. Seniors seeking vibrant social and autonomous experiences have high-end accommodations that seamlessly blend into the surrounding urban context and lively community fabric. The residential community offers a proactive mix of independent, assisted living, and memory care units to residents.

Portland, Oregon
  • 231 units
  • 17 stories
  • 180,000 sq. ft.
  • Completed in 2022

Gold Nugget Award of Merit Finalist, Best 55+ Housing Community — On-the-Boards 2023


Senior Living


Architecture: JP Emery

Architecture Story

A High-rise with Historic Charm

Part of an emerging market of rental properties for seniors, the Holden of Pearl is a high-end home for seniors at the doorstep of Portland’s vibrant, artistic, and historic Pearl District. The tower offers jaw-dropping views of the Willamette River from luxury units, all above active ground floor amenities that connects residents to their neighborhood. Our design provides outdoor space for every level of care. The street level amenity base continues the district’s historic style with traditional brick detailing and an elevated loading dock. There, residents share a public salon where they can engage with people from the community. Supporting memory care units on the ground floor level, a secluded outdoor courtyard offers essential privacy keeps residents safe and secure. Facing north and east, the tower serves as an aesthetic bridge to many modern developments in the Pearl. We positioned the tower near 13th Avenue where it wouldn’t cast a shadow on the courtyard of the neighboring development to the north. This also leaves more light on the neighboring site for another development in the future. Holden of Pearl evokes a historical feel while meeting modern energy goals with high performance exterior walls featuring brick and installed on a thermally broken rainscreen system. Its environmental performance is distinguished, with a nearly 100% green roof, high-depth plantings on nearly every elevated level, and bird-safe glazing.