North Park Blocks’ “Harlow Hotel” Wins Design Award

Reposted from Restore Oregon (Photos courtesy of Restore Oregon)

Harlow Hotel, 1882: One of Restore Oregon’s 2023 DeMuro Award Winners

Restore Oregon’s DeMuro Awards recognize superior restorations and outstanding leadership in historic preservation

Harlow Hotel

Location: 722 NW Glisan St in the North Park Blocks – Portland, Oregon
Year Constructed: 1882
Work Completed: 2019
Nominator: Arciform
Project Budget: $8M

History: The Harlow Hotel is a three-story Italianate brick building with arcuated fenestration. Built in 1882, it is believed to be the second oldest commercial structure in its neighborhood. In the 1930s, the hotel and its storefronts were managed by Japanese American proprietors who were later sent to internment camps after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Following the war, Japanese Americans returned as residents and proprietors until the building was shuttered in 1972. In 2008, the hotel was purchased by Ganesh and Pinky Sonpatki who operate several moderately-priced hotels under the Portland Value Inns brand. 

Overview: Until recently, the only guests at this historic hotel were pigeons who checked in through broken windows. These days, following a major interior and exterior overhaul, human visitors can enjoy private baths with heated towel racks, and rich textiles and finishes including velvet, geometric textured headboards, and natural metals and glass evoking the Art Deco style. Exterior brick has been repointed, the foundation has been strengthened, and interior wall framing has been replaced with steel posts and beams. Parapet bracing, a new elevator shaft, concrete shear walls, and steel brace frames have been added as part of unreinforced masonry seismic retrofitting along with new wood windows and transoms. Historic cornices have been either repaired or replaced, and insulated glass has been added to the reweighted windows. New doors have been created for each entrance, and a side staircase was completely rebuilt, replacing all stair parts including the turned balusters and newels. Renovations on the hotel began in 2009, and work was completed a decade later thanks in part to a federal Historic Tax Credit.

Congratulations to the entire project team:
Chesshir Architecture PC
Param Hotel Group
Mega Pacific GC
WCI, Wholesale Commercial Interiors
Anctil / Bachofner Electric/ Paramount Electric / Western Plumbing
Heritage Consulting Group
Versatile Wood Products
Wood Originals, Inc
Apex Build & Remodel
EC Electrical
Pacific Fitness Products llc
Big Idea PDX

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