Grill, c1909 – Mystery Location

The University of Oregon Libraries gives this photo conflicting information. It identifies this establishment as the Perkins Hotel Grill but gives its location as the corner of SW 6th and Washington. The Perkins Hotel was on 5th and Washington and the photo matches neither face in this view of the hotel so I’m not 100% convinced this is correct. If anyone has any more clues or information (or confirmation), please let us know via the comments for this post.

(University of Oregon Libraries)

10 thoughts on “Grill, c1909 – Mystery Location

  1. If that striped canopy was lowered, it looks like the canopy area on the far right of the hotel picture, to my eye – maybe.

  2. I’m thinking it is the Perkins Hotel building. I don’t know the proper architectural terms, but I think the Grill is a separate storefront design/build from the rest of the building. The true features of the building are the pillar(?) to the far left and detail just above the awning along the top of the photo. If you study the Perkins Hotel photo, they look very similar. If I had a little more time to browse the U of O archives for more photos of the Perkins Hotel, I could be a little more certain.

  3. Perhaps it was on 6th, and was just called the Perkins Hotel Grill due to its proximity to the hotel, or perhaps was affiliated with the hotel somehow, thought not in the same building? Obviously just a hypothesis 🙂

  4. Check the lower left corner of the Hotel photo… that small arched window at the left in the grill photo appears to be visible. I suspect this 1909 grill photo shows the Colonial Revival remodeling of the Perkins Hotel’s northernmost storefront on 5th.

  5. Mike Slama is right, this is the Perkins and Neal’s linked picture shows a clear match at the far lower left storefront.

    If you blow it up you can easily see the matching open pediment (triangular structure) and archway above the door and you can even just make out the ionic capitals (the scroll like things below the pediment and on top of the columns on either side of the door). Another clear giveaway is the exact match with the row of 5 center-pivot windows (each photo shows one window pivoted open) above the storefront. Also, as Neal says you can make out the small arched window at far left, and the architectural detail on the sidewalk is also a match (base of the columns, spacing, even the slight downward slope to the left).

    The only thing hard to see is the arches over the windows on either side of the door but I think that’s just because it’s too dark to make them out in the photo of the hotel.

  6. Thanks for pointing out the error. I checked the original source, the 1909 Portland Architectural Club catalog, and here’s the caption: “Entrance to grill, Perkins Hotel, Portland, Oregon, Emil Schacht and Sons, Architects.” No address is given. I’ll revised the record tomorrow. – Ed Teague, the Building Oregon creator.

  7. From the Portland Daily Abstract in 1908, it sounds like the Schacht remodel of the Perkins Hotel was significant—including an art nouveau bar, russian baths, and rathskeller

  8. Robert,

    Thanks for giving me a new word to Google. From Wikipedia:

    “Ratskeller (German: “council’s cellar”, historically Rathskeller) is a name in German-speaking countries for a bar or restaurant located in the basement of a city hall (Rathaus) or nearby. As a proper noun, many taverns, nightclubs and similar establishments throughout the world now use this as a name.”

    Heh, City Hall = “Rathaus”. The German language can be quite mischievous*.

    *actually a secondary Google search via Wiktionary translates “rat” as “council.” Still often appropriate though.

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