McElroy’s Last Ball, 1980

One gets the feeling that a lot of city business was discussed over lunch at Cole McElroy’s Spanish Ball Room, across the street from Portland City Hall (just off camera to the left). This 1980 invitation (which used a 1940 image) was made up referring to McElroy’s as “City Hall Annex #1” and giving people a chance to enjoy the establishment one last time. It was soon demolished to make way for the Michael Graves-designed Portland Building.

(City of Portland Archives)

3 thoughts on “McElroy’s Last Ball, 1980

  1. Vintage photos of McElroy’s are quite rare. Has anyone come across a better quality copy of the 1940 original here, or know where if any archive has it?

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