Built in 1872, the New Market Theater, is regarded as one of the most historic and significant buildings of early Portland. The building once held a 1,200-seat theater and a public market on its main floor. The front of the New Market Theater traces its architectural heritage back to the Italian Renaissance in Venice. The structure strongly resembles the famous Palazzo Vendrami on the Grand Canal, which was constructed in 1481. In adapting the style for Portland, the architects used cast iron and wood painted white in place of Italian travertine marble, contrasting in both cases with red brick. Originally the site of Captain Ankeny’s home his well capped and remained unknown until it was rediscovered during the structure’s restoration 110 years later. Excavation revealed the brick-lined well to be 23 feet deep, and a number of artifacts of the Ankeny household were founded at the bottom and are displayed in a case on the mezzanine. This legendary hub of culture and commerce is once again a center of innovation and creativity. The New Market Theater Block captures Portland’s legacy of discovery, independence and invention in captivating workspaces.