Multnomah, Portland, Oregon

Multnomah, Portland, Oregon
Multnomah, Portland, Oregon
Neighborhood representation
Association Multnomah Neighborhood Association
Coalition Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc.
Neighborhood geography
Area 3.74 km² (PDF map)
Location Interactive map
Coordinates 45°28′02″N 122°42′46″W / 45.46719°N 122.71282°W / 45.46719; -122.71282Coordinates: 45°28′02″N 122°42′46″W / 45.46719°N 122.71282°W / 45.46719; -122.71282
Demographics (2000)
Population 6625 (density 1771/km²)
Households 3196 (95% occupied)
Owned 1582 (49%)
Rented 1614 (51%)
Size 2.07 persons (average)
The street fair in Multnomah Village during Multnomah Days 2009. Looking northeast down SW Capitol Highway from its bridge over SW Multnomah Blvd.

Multnomah is a neighborhood in the Southwest section of Portland, Oregon, centered around the Multnomah Village business district. The community developed in the 1910s around a depot of the Oregon Electric Railway of the same name. It was annexed by the city of Portland on November 7, 1950.[1]

Multnomah lies between SW 45th Ave. in the west, SW Capitol Hill Rd. in the east, SW Vermont St. in the north, and I-5 in the south. Exceptions are the area north of SW Nevada Ct. and east of SW 26th Ave. (part of Hillsdale), an area south of SW Multnomah Blvd. and north of SW Dolph St. where SW 48th Ave. is the western border, and an area south of SW Marigold St. where SW Capitol Highway is the western border. The neighborhood is bordered by Maplewood, Ashcreek, and Crestwood on the west, Hayhurst and Hillsdale to the north, and South Burlingame, Markham, and West Portland Park to the south and east.

A bit of Portland history played out in the Village on April 7, 1987 when Mayor Bud Clark fired Police Chief Jim Davis while the two were having a breakfast meeting at the Fat City Cafe.

The neighborhood celebrates "Multnomah Days" with a parade and street festival each August.

Multnomah Village was, for a long time, home to the world's first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, which was physically located in an office there. The website has since relocated.


Historic buildings

  • The Multnomah School (1913) has since 1979 served as the Multnomah Art Center.
  • The Nelson Thomas building (1913) now houses Marco's Cafe.
  • The 1925 Masonic Lodge (Orenomah Chapter No. 141) is now the Lucky Labrador Public House.



  1. ^ Swanson, Lowell (2009). "Multnomah: The first hundred years". Multnomah Historical Association 13 (1): 11–14. 

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