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An advertisement for the Golden West Hotel, circa 1905

Image: City of Portland Archives (Used by permission)

A Jewel Within the African American Community

Looking back at the history of the Golden West Hotel, looking forward to its future

Hart talks about the year the Golden West Hotel was built, the hotel's peak time of operation, the time of the hotel's closure, what happened to the building after being abandoned, and Central City Concern's efforts to preserve the building for historic significance. Central City Concern is a non-profit organization which aids in eliminating homelessness in Portland.

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Bill Hart

Bill Hart, AIA, is a founding partner in Carleton Hart Architecture PC, a Portland architecture and planning firm, established in 1994. The firm is responsible for extensive renovation work on the Goldenwest Hotel. Bill has over thirty-five years of domestic and international architectural experience and maintains an expertise in the management of complex projects. Bill is the firm’s sustainable design leader, with a strong interest in passive and active solar systems as well as historic preservation.

More Information:

Central City Concern: The Golden West Hotel

Central City Concern's online site supplies information about the hotel's history with text, pictures, and oral histories. Some of the information on this website is also available directly outside the Golden West Hotel, on the corner of NW Broadway and Everett. Read More