Hulls & Husks: Uncovering Landmarks of Portland’s Culture of Production

by Alex Zelaya

Hulls and Husks refer to the outer shells that protect seeds and grains. Thousands of these residual by-products can still be seen scattered amongst the grounds of the current Centennial Mills, reflecting the site’s strong history of granular production.

With a new visitor’s center and public park, the previously barred site will be opened up to the public. The concept of “hulls and husks” will be applied to the historic complex by removing the exterior shells and exposing the history of the Mill, allowing it to grow into a place of exchange, recreation, and regeneration.




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