A Portland icon is born

The original Heathman Hotel was built in 1926. By 1927, Portland had become a burgeoning city and needed an even higher-end hotel that would meet their expectations. The New Heathman Hotel was built a year later, just a block from the original. It was a 10-story concrete and brick structure, with decorative details in the Jacobean Revival style. The second story and upper-floor windows were trimmed in stone, and the lobby’s dark wood paneling extended to the mezzanine

When the Heathman opened, it was greeted with much fanfare, and The Oregon Journal described it as “Portland’s newest and most modern hotel.” They wrote, “Its planning, construction and general appointments are as modern as ingenuity and talent could possibly make it.”

In 1984, the Heathman underwent a $16 million renovation. The original exterior and eucalyptus-paneled Tea Court Lounge were fully restored to their original glory. The newly refreshed guestrooms were furnished in the 18th to 20th century styles of Biedermeier, Ming, Empire and Regency. During the renovation, the hotel’s entrance was moved from the Salmon Street side to Broadway, enhancing its visibility. The hotel was renamed as Heathman Hotel.