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Benson Hotel

309 SW Broadway Street
Portland OR United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count12
Floor Area21,832 m²
Building Uses
 - hotel
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - beaux arts
 - copper
 - glass
 - stone
 - marble
 - terra cotta
 - stucco
 - brick

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof150 ft

Architect: Doyle, Patterson, & Beach, Callison Architecture.

• The Design was influenced by the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, which was built in the early 1900's.

• 05.03.1913: It opened for public as the New Oregon Hotel, an annex to the Oregon Hotel.

• 1915: The Norway-native Simon Benson (1852-1942), a Portland lumber baron and farmer, renamed the hotel to its current name.

• 1919: It was sold to William Boyd and Robert Keller.

• 1930: The lobby was remodeled by Pietro Belluschi.

• 1937: The original 50-foot glass and steel marquee above the main entrance collapsed cause of snow weight.

• 1944: Western Hotels, Inc. purchased the hotel and sold it to WestCoast Hotels in 1988.

• 1959: The hotel added the 13-story South Wing.

• 1986: In the US National Register of Historic Places.

• 1991: Restoration project costed US $17 million.

• It features 13 meeting rooms for groups of 10 to 400 people.

• The walnut panelling is hand-carved Russian Circassian, and the interior staircase is in Italian white marble.

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