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The Benson

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Identification

The Benson
Benson Hotel, New Oregon Hotel, (Block 85, Lots 3, 4)
122593

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
brick
terra-cotta
white dark red
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

hotel

Facts

  • The mansard double-sloped roof is covered with copper and terra-cotta tiles painted to resemble copper.
  • The lobby was remodeled by Pietro Belluschi in 1930.
  • The Benson Hotel features 13 meeting rooms that can accommodate groups from 10 to 400 people.
  • Fred Baker was the designer for the original interior fixtures.
  • Renamed for Norway-native Simon Benson (1852-1942) wealthy lumberman and farmer.
  • In 1959, the hotel added a 13-story Benson, South Wing.
  • The Benson Hotel was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
  • Renamed to its current name in 1915.
  • The original 50-foot glass and steel marquee above the hotel's main entrance collapsed in 1937 under the weight of snow.
  • The walnut panelling is hand-carved Russian Circassian, and the interior staircase is in Italian white marble.
  • Western Hotels, Inc. purchased the hotel in 1944 and sold it to WestCoast Hotels in 1988.
  • The design of the hotel was influenced by The Blackstone in Chicago, which was built in the early 1900s.
  • The 1991 restoration project cost was US $17 million.
  • The hotel opened its doors to the public on March 5, 1913, as the New Oregon Hotel, an annex to the Oregon Hotel.
  • In 1919, the Benson Hotel was sold to William Boyd and Robert Keller.

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Location

309 SW Broadway
SW Oak Street
309 SW Broadway
97205
Benson Hotel
Downtown
Downtown
Portland
Oregon
U.S.A.

Technical Data

150.00 ft
13
1912
1991

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Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
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