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Wannamaker, Brian '82

Brian Wannamaker graduated in 1982, completing his Ridley career as a member of the record-setting 1982 OFSSA senior boys and ISAA championship swim team. A native of Oakville, Ontario, Brian followed his brother to Portland, Oregon in 1986. Unsure of what direction his life was taking, Brian recognized there were a lot of beautiful old buildings in Portland—many forgotten and neglected and relatively affordable, unlike those in the Toronto area. He got excited by the thought that he would be able to own real estate.

Now, Brian is a
prominent Portland developer, considered responsible for the initial chic transformation of North Mississippi Avenue which became a promenade of hip boutiques, restaurants and bars. Brian is known to have a gift for recognizing the creative potential of historic structures as well as people. Following his purchase of the Falcon Apartments, he founded the Falcon Art Community, where he built a unique set of studios for painters, musicians, writers, and sculptors. His passion to merge art with architecture provides a dedicated live/work space to support artists whose work combines craftsmanship and original vision.

In 2014, Brian purchased a downtown office building in Old Town Portland. To further support the arts, he built studios on the first three floors and leased the space to an art college, pledging a $1 million gift. That same year, Brian established Wannamaker Estate Vineyard in Underwood, Washington. Nestled in the heart of the Columbia Gorge wine growing region, the winery will soon be selling Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Brian Wannamaker
Owner / President
Bird of Prey, LLC | Falcon Art Community | Wannamaker Estate Vineyard
P.O. Box 3013, 2 Ridley Road St. Catharines, Ontario L2R 7C3 Canada 905 684 1889
With more than 700 students from 60 countries, the largest boarding programme in Ontario and the third largest in Canada, Ridley College is a truly international, co-educational, day and boarding school of the world that prepares students for the world. It has provided enriching learning and life-shaping experiences focused on the arts, academics, and athletics since 1889. Ridley’s Lower School offers JK-Grade 8, its Upper School consists of Grade 9-PG, and Ridley graduates attend some of the top universities and colleges around the world. Ridley is the only   co-ed independent boarding school in Canada and one of only three in North America authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) continuum programme.