St. Louis Hotel, c1930

The City of Portland Archives sends along this photo of the ramshackle St. Louis Hotel circa 1930. Its location is unknown but I’m sure someone in the VP community can track this down. There’s not much to go on so you’ll have to use all the tools in your kit. Good luck!

Found: NW 2nd Ave. & Everett St.

(City of Portland Archives)

Tags: , ,

21 Responses to “St. Louis Hotel, c1930”

  1. Jim Says:

    Based on the G in the window of the hotel, I’m guessing it was somewhere on NW Glisan and was built while the Couch addition was stilled going by A,B,C instead of Portland founder names. This looks like it could have been one of the rough and tumble early North End hotels.

  2. Mike Says:

    There is a 6 in the window.

  3. Mike Says:

    Right off West Burnside some where based on the address of 6

  4. John Says:

    The November 12, 1879 Oregonian has an advertisement for the St. Louis Hotel showing it on Front Street between Yamhill and Morrison.

  5. John Says:

    The August 3rd, 1875 Oregonian has another advertisement for the St. Louis Hotel, but this time listing it on Front Street between Salmon and Taylor.

  6. Stephen Gillmer Says:

    I looked in the 1936 City Directory and it doesn’t show up, either as a hotel or an apartment house.Steve Gillmer Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:54:19 +0000 To: opigillmer@hotmail.com

  7. Al Dee Sollinger (@360NW) Says:

    Scott’s History of Portland lists it on Front in the 1870’s

    http://books.google.com/books?id=UsKKpvOVRRUC&dq=portland%20front%20street%20yamhill%20st&client=firefox-aurora&pg=PA156#v=snippet&q=156%20louis&f=false

  8. Mike Says:

    Building to the left of it has some distinctive brick work. That building might still be there. Looks familiar. Streetcar tracks out front. What is that that thing to the rear? A smudge or a big tank?

  9. Mike Says:

    The 6 in the window makes sense if it was on Front.

  10. Dave Brunker (@dbrunker) Says:

    I don’t think it would do any good to look in the 1936 City Directory, there are, “For Rent” signs, broken windows and empty shop areas so by the time this picture was taken it was abandoned. I’d go back as far as possible to the earliest City Directory and I’ll bet it could be found (if it hasn’t been already).

  11. Carter Says:

    Were there streetcar tracks on Front? The brick building on the left looks newer than anything I have ever seen in old pictures of Front.

  12. joan Says:

    “West End Steel Bridge, 1952″ aerial shot has a very similar brick building shown on the left.

  13. Mat Says:

    Wow – I think Joan hit the nail on the head. Good eye!

  14. Brian Says:

    @ joan: nice find! joan is absolutely right, the brick building next door is the same one in the photo she mentions which can be found here. After spending a few minutes comparing every detail I could see in the brickwork (which all match exactly) I noticed the obvious giveaway which I hadn’t seen at all before then. At the very upper left-hand corner of the photo above (just to the left of the chimney) you can a hazy steel truss / framework. That is the top ring of the gas tank next door which can be clearly seen in joan’s photo.

  15. Brian Says:

    Given joan’s find, the building in question then was on the northeast corner of NW 2nd and NW Everett, with the tracks running along 2nd Ave.

  16. michael Says:

    Aerial view of it, 1928.

    http://vintageportland.wordpress.com/2011/12/09/westside-waterfront-1928/

  17. Brian Says:

    And another aerial view or the area showing the hotel was gone by 1935.

  18. Dan Davis Says:

    Joan – Well done, nice find! I see there’s a small “84” on the door between the two cars at the curb; that corresponds with the address on the Sanborn map. The “6” above the next door could have been “86” at one time.

  19. isaac32767 Says:

    A seedy hotel on the waterfront in 1930? That must be The Continental Op sitting in the car!

  20. chris satalich Says:

    Nice find Joan. I have to admit I was totally stumped. You all are very good.

  21. joan Says:

    The best part of this website is that every comment offered leads to the solution. The Front Ave, NW PDX clues, along with the brickwork comments, and the aerial shots in the archives make this a fun site to visit. I also appreciate each link that is added.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 2,368 other followers

%d bloggers like this: