Blackstone Hall (Portland State University)

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This article is about a student residence hall at Portland State University. For the Blackstone student residence hall in Chicago, see Housing at the University of Chicago.
Blackstone Hall
Blackstone Hall in 2014
Former names Blackstone Apartments
General information
Type Residence hall
Architectural style Exotic
Address 1831 SW Park Avenue
Town or city Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°30′43″N 122°41′08″W / 45.511977°N 122.685456°W / 45.511977; -122.685456Coordinates: 45°30′43″N 122°41′08″W / 45.511977°N 122.685456°W / 45.511977; -122.685456
Construction started April, 1930
Completed August, 1930
Cost $300,000
Landlord Portland State University
Design and construction
Architect Elmer Feig

Blackstone Hall is a five-story student residence hall at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, a city in the United States. The building contains five two-bedroom units, 19 one-bedroom units, 14 studios, and 13 sleepers that share a bath, shower, and kitchen.[1]


The Blackstone Apartment building was designed by architect Elmer Feig in 1930 for owner and real estate developer Harry Mittleman and is considered an outstanding example of Feig's work.[2] Mittleman was known for employing large numbers of workers and finishing construction within months after beginning. In late March, 1930, Mittleman applied for an exemption to Portland's building code that would allow him to place a backyard on the side of the 100-foot square lot that would become Blackstone Apartments at 395 West Park Street.[3] The address was later changed to 1831 SW Park Avenue according to the 1933 street renumbering system.[4] In early April, Mittleman estimated construction costs at $120,000 and began excavation soon thereafter.[5] By summer the building was completed at a cost of $300,000.[6] The new apartment building offered a "gorgeously furnished," five-room suite and choice, smaller units.[7]

Mittleman's office was on the ground floor of the Blackstone, and from there he managed construction of other apartment buildings on SW Park Avenue, including Parkway Manor and Jeanne Manor. On March 1, 1931, a bomb exploded outside Mittleman's office. No injuries were reported, and the case was never solved.[8]

Portland State University acquired the property in 1969.


  1. ^ "Blackstone". Portland State University Housing. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ritz, Richard Ellison (March 2003). Architects of Oregon. Portland, Oregon: Lair Hill Publishing. p. 128. ISBN 0-9726200-2-8. 
  3. ^ "Exemption is wanted". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Media Group). March 30, 1930. p. 1. 
  4. ^ "Index to street numbering in the City of Portland". February 22, 1933. Retrieved January 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ "$120,000 apartments planned". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Media Group). April 6, 1930. p. 12. 
  6. ^ February 8, 1931, The Oregonian article reprinted in Abuaf, Lisa; Detweiler, Natasha; Faust, Steve; Mannhard, Jennifer; Zalkow, Dan (2004), "South Park Blocks Area Development Strategy" (PDF), Portland, Oregon: Portland State University, p. 31  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ "Classifieds: Furnished Apartments". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Media Group). May 11, 1931. p. 13. 
  8. ^ "Apartment windows shattered by bomb". The Oregonian (Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Media Group). March 2, 1931. p. 1. 

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