Governor Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

Governor Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

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name = Governor (Seward) Hotel
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caption = The Governor Hotel at night.
location = Portland, Oregon
nearest_city =
lat_degrees = 45
lat_minutes = 31
lat_seconds = 13
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 122
long_minutes = 40
long_seconds = 56
long_direction = W
area =
built = 1909
architect = William C. Knighton
architecture = No style listed
added = 1985
visitation_num =
visitation_year =
refnum=85000370 cite web|url=|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service]
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governing_body =Private
The Governor Hotel, formerly the Seward Hotel, is a historic hotel building in downtown, Portland, Oregon, United States. The present name dates from 1932.

Built in 1909, the glazed terra cotta building's motif features a blending of art noveau and Native American designs. The architect, William C. Knighton, went on to become the first Oregon State Architect in 1912, and later designed the Oregon State Supreme Court Building. [King, Bart: An Architectural Guidebook to Portland, pgs. 45-46. Gibbs Smith, 2001]

The building was extensively remodeled in 1992, after several years of neglect. This remodel joined the neighboring Princeton Building to the original Governor Hotel. It continues on in its role as a hotel today. Many conferences, civic events, and banquets are hosted in the hotel as well; the City Club of Portland hosts its weekly Friday Forums there. [ [ City Club of Portland Friday Forums] ] In 1994, McCormick & Schmick's established Jake's Grill in the former entrance lobby. [cite web |url= |title=Dining at The Governor |accessdate=2007-09-04 |publisher=The Governor Hotel] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places (as the Seward Hotel) in 1985. [ cite web
url =
title = National Register of Historic Places: Multnomah County, Oregon
accessdate = 2007-07-27

Before the most recent remodel, the Governor Hotel has served as the scene for several films: Portlander Gus Van Sant filmed a scene of "My Own Private Idaho" and Madonna filmed several scenes of "Body of Evidence" inside. [ cite web
url =
title = Governor Hotel-History
accessdate = 2007-07-27


ee also

*Architecture in Portland, Oregon
*List of Registered Historic Places in Multnomah County, Oregon

External links

* [ Governor Hotel official website]
* [ Governor Hotel (Emporis)]

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