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)

14 thoughts on “Hoyt Hotel Annex, 1967

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

    Never mind. Reading comprehension fail.

  3. Thanks Dan.

    Still grokked I guess. I’m surprised nobody mentioned Harvey Dick’s old Barbary Coast Lounge that, *I believe* šŸ˜‰ , 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. My husband (of 48 years) and I met at the Barbary Coast in the 60’s. I was a cocktail waitress and he was in the band. It was “the place to go” in Portland. A wide variety of featured acts and full musical review with “show girls” that changed a couple of times a year. What a waste to turn it into a parking lot!

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 )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ 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 )


Connecting to %s