Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: McKim, Mead and White, Architects (firm); Charles Follen McKim (architect); William Rutherford Mead (architect); Stanford White (architect)

Dates: constructed 1881-1884

SW 6th Avenue and SW Morrison Street
Downtown, Portland, OR 97205

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The Portland Hotel stood to the west of the Pioneer Courthouse on what is now Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Building History

In 1883, the Northern Pacific Terminal Company and its President Henry Villard purchased land near the U.S. Federal Courthouse in Portland, OR, for $75,000 on which to build a hotel to serve its grand railroad terminal. Due to Villard's feuds with stockholders and the railroad's subsequent collapse, this design by McKim, Mead and White of New York, NY, was not completed. Later, Whidden and Lewis, Architects, followed the McKim, Mead and White plans when they finished the long-delayed hotel in 1890, which became known as the Portland Hotel. (Whidden had served as Charles Follen McKim's assistant on this this project for the Northern Pacific Railroad and Henry Villard. Only one story of the Northern Pacific building was built while McKim, Mead and White was associated with the project.)

Building Notes


PCAD id: 9929