Hoyt Hotel Annex, 1967

The legendary Hoyt Hotel at NW 6th and Hoyt had this annex directly to the south. This 1967 photo shows some nice detail of the ornate annex. This view is northwest, NW 6th and Glisan is just off screen to the right. The hotel closed in 1972 and was demolished in 1977 to make way for a bus terminal which was eventually built a block away. The hotel lot is still empty today.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

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13 Responses to “Hoyt Hotel Annex, 1967”

  1. Jim Says:

    Wow, I’m having serious problems getting my bearings here. Sixth and Hoyt is the main entrance to the Greyhound bus terminal and would apparently be directly behind us in this view. If the Annex is on the right side of Hoyt, the next building we should be seeing in the distance is whatever was on the Central Post Office block at that time. Instead, we’re seeing the North end of the Broadway facing side of the Federal Building, which isn’t grokking for me, since it shouldn’t be in view. It’s almost like the negative was flipped before printing.

    I take it those are the working gas lights the hotel was famous for?

  2. Jim Says:

    “This view is northwest, NW 6th and Glisan is just off screen to the right”

    Never mind. Reading comprehension fail.

  3. Dave Brunker Says:

    This really makes me mad. They killed that beautiful building for no good reason. The trees have grown up a bit. http://is.gd/TBYU22

  4. Dan Davis Says:

    According to an article in The Oregonian, the lamps were cast for Harvard University. There are quite a few single lamps that look like these in Charlestown, MA, so maybe it’s true.

    http://maps.google.com/maps?q=47+Harvard+St+B20,+charlestown,+ma&hl=en&ll=42.373724,-71.063229&spn=0.005659,0.007896&sll=42.373074,-71.063164&sspn=0.006295,0.006295&layer=c&cbp=13,52.63,,0,3.99&cbll=42.37364,-71.063209&t=h&z=17&panoid=XL7RQV5o6Wh8VqK_xWSBow

  5. Jim Says:

    Actually, not the entire block is empty these days.:

    http://www.portlandonline.com/phb/index.cfm?c=53110

  6. Jim Says:

    And here:

    http://news.opb.org/article/portland-opens-bud-clark-commons-homeless-center/

    I’m hoping some of the tenants evicted from the Grove Hotel featured in the previous post were able to find cleaner and more supportive lodgings here.

  7. Dan Davis Says:

    Jim – I believe Bud Clark Commons is on the north side of Hoyt street on the block facing the old Hoyt Hotel.

  8. Jim Says:

    Thanks Dan.

    Still grokked I guess. I’m surprised nobody mentioned Harvey Dick’s old Barbary Coast Lounge that, *I believe* ;-) , was on the ground floor of the hotel proper. Gracie Hansen, MC extraordinaire, the second home of the Hooterville Cannonball, and arcade targets in the men’s room.

    This was all before my time, but I’d love to hear from someone who was actually there.

  9. Chris Wilson Says:

    Those lights (or others from the Hoyt complex) are currently mounted in the salvage department in Rejuvenation on SE Grand and Taylor. They are part of the permanent collection like the transom from the Knapp house and are not for sale.

  10. Brian Bram Says:

    So, does anybody know where the Hooterville Cannonball mockup lives now?

  11. Brian Bram Says:

    Never mind; found it: http://www.ledger-dispatch.com/2011/08/12/jackson-train-bound-for-durango-colo/

  12. Brian Caughey Says:

    Dear Jim,

    I was actually “there” with my spouse in the 60s a time or two. My memory is a bit fuzzy after all these years but I recall a high-energy review with dancers and a vaudeville style comedian who I didn’t think was very funny. Gracie herself was the MC and she had real stage presence. I think we went because Doug Baker (q.v.) talked about it in his column often. As for the Hooterville Cannonball, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hooterville_Cannonball.

  13. Amy C Says:

    It is a shame that the historically rich Hoyt and it’s legendary Barbary Coast were demolished in order to “put in a parking lot” – I was 9 in 1977 and only recently learned about the Hoyt and how it came to house the train from Petticoat Junction- the more I read, the more fascinating the story became.
    Sadly, we cannot change mistakes like demolishing the Hoyt.
    Thankfully agencies like Central City Concern have revitalized many old buildings once considered uninhabitable and too costly to renovate but the danger of the clamoring immediacy for more space and newer, shinier, “greener” buildings persists and so too the threat of us making more shortsighted decisions that cannot be undone and deprive future generations of Portlanders, all the world, of ever experiencing some of out greatest cultural icons!

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