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Portland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District, Portland, Oregon
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Rose Red
N 45° 31.475 W 122° 40.377
10T E 525540 N 5041279
Quick Description: The Merchants Hotel (1880) (1884) is located at 123 NW Second Avenue. The property site address is 121 - 139 NW Second Avenue, Portland OR 97209. The Merchants Hotel is my token Historic Landmark in the Portland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District (added 1975 - Multnomah County); Also known as Skidmore Fountain/Old Town Historic District roughly bounded by Harbor Drive, Everett, Third Avenue, and Oak Street, Portland (440 acres, 30 buildings, 1 object).
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 7/1/2006 10:47:46 PM
Waymark Code: WMG5X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ChapterhouseInc
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Long Description:



The Merchants Hotel (1880) (1884) is located at 123 NW Second Avenue. The property site address is 121 - 139 NW Second Avenue. The Merchants Hotel is my token Historic Landmark in the Portland Skidmore/Old Town Historic District (added 1975 - Multnomah County); Also known as Skidmore Fountain/Old Town Historic District roughly bounded by Harbor Drive, Everett, Third Avenue, and Oak Street, Portland (440 acres, 30 buildings, 1 object).

In 1880, natives of Saxony, German brothers Louis, Adolph, and Theodore Nicolai began construction of the Merchants Hotel. This building took four years to build. Completed in 1885, the hotel provided first class accommodations for its guests. One of Portland's first hydraulic elevators attracted visitors, as did the ornate lobby and a dancing and assembly room, reported to be the most popular in the city.

The hotel grew to encompass the entire north one-half of the block by 1889. The hotel was equipped with hydraulic Passenger and Baggage Elevators, Electric Call Bells, and every appliance for the comfort and convenience of guests. The large hotel was only a few (three) blocks from the railroad depot and steamer landings.

Except for the removal of the sheet-metal cornice, the building appears much as it did originally. The lower floor cast-iron columns, and doorway arches, show the Willamette Iron Works mark. This pattern was used considerably by architect, Warren Williams, who was likely the building architect. With the wide glass areas afforded by the iron columns, this building was typical of many in this part of the city before the turn of the century.

Between the two World Wars, the Merchants evolved into a center for Japanese-American community life. It provided office space for prominent doctors and dentists and for the Japanese-Oregon daily newspaper. The owners renamed the hotel "Imperial Hotel" during this era.

The coordinates are the entrance to the Old Town's Fountain Courtyard of the historic Merchants Hotel. The courtyard is the location of the historic plaques. Its "Old Portland" charm definitely makes it worth a visit.

Instructions for logging waymark: A photograph is required of you (or your GPS receiver, if you are waymarking solo) and the building.

Street address:
222 NW Couch (Courtyard Entrance)
Portland, Oregon USA
97209


County / Borough / Parish: Multnomah

Year listed: 1996

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Lodging

Periods of significance: 1880 - Present

Historic function: Lodging

Current function: Store w/Apt Or Office Over/Vacant

Privately owned?: yes

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit. Include any additional observations or information that you may have, particularly about the current condition of the site. Additional photos are highly encouraged, but not mandatory.
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