Because it was the first major piece of Postmodernist architecture constructed, the Portland Building, by Architect Michael Graves, is considered a key-point in architecture history. The government building for the city of Portland received mixed reviews upon completion in 1982. Some thought the it provided a departure from the conformity of modernism, but others criticized it for featuring too much symbolism. Further, some thought that it lacked the formality required for a government building. Regardless of aesthetic judgment, the building paved the way for further Postmodernist buildings.
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