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.
Owner / President
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