Columbia Gorge Hotel

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Columbia Gorge Hotel
Columbia Gorge Hotel - Hood River Oregon.jpg
Columbia Gorge Hotel is located in Oregon
Columbia Gorge Hotel
Location W of Hood River at 9000 Westcliffe Dr., Hood River, Oregon
Coordinates 45°42′42″N 121°33′11″W / 45.71167°N 121.55306°W / 45.71167; -121.55306Coordinates: 45°42′42″N 121°33′11″W / 45.71167°N 121.55306°W / 45.71167; -121.55306
Built 1920–21[1]
Built by Dinwiddie Construction Co.[1]
Architect Morris H. Whitehouse[1]
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 79003736
Added to NRHP September 21, 1979[1][2]

The Columbia Gorge Hotel is a historic hotel in Hood River, Oregon, United States. It was built by Simon Benson, who was involved with the Columbia Gorge Scenic Highway.[3] Benson envisioned a hotel at the end of the highway, and completed the Mission style hotel in 1921.[1] The new hotel was built on the site of the previous Wah Gwin Gwin Hotel, built in 1904. Between 1925 and 1952, the hotel went through several changes of ownership.[1][4]

The then-48-room hotel closed in 1952, when it was sold to the Neighbors of Woodcraft,[1][5] a non-profit fraternal benefit society based in Oregon since 1905,[6] and converted into a retirement home.[1][7] It was sold again in 1978, with the new owners planning to reopen it as a hotel.[1] After a $1-million renovation, the now-42-room hotel reopened in September 1979.[4][7]

In January 2009, the landmark hotel closed its doors again, due to foreclosure.[8][9] The foreclosing bank later re-opened the hotel before selling it to Vijay Patel's A-1 Hospitality Group in October 2009 for around $4 million.[3] Between 2009 and 2012, the hotel underwent a major renovation.[10] The Columbia Gorge Hotel is recognized as one of the Historic Hotels of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.[11]

Guests of the hotel have included Burt Reynolds and Shirley Temple, among others.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Rudiger Krohn (April 30, 1979). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory – Nomination Form: Columbia Gorge Hotel" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  2. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15. 
  3. ^ a b c Read, Richard (October 23, 2009). "Columbia Gorge Hotel finally lands buyer with NW hotelier". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2009-10-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Hood River hotel tries to recover early days of glory". (September 23, 1979). The Sunday Oregonian, "DAY" section, p. 6.
  5. ^ "Famed Hotel Sold to Lodge". (May 16, 1952). The Oregonian, p. 1.
  6. ^ "Report of Financial Examination of Neighbors of Woodcraft as of December 31, 1999" (PDF). Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division, State of Oregon. 2000. p. 6. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Senior, Jeanie (September 23, 1979). "Venerable hotel shines for reopening parties". The Sunday Oregonian. "SunDAY" section, p. 1. 
  8. ^ Read, Richard (June 1, 2009). "Buyer steps up for historic Columbia Gorge Hotel". The Oregonian. 
  9. ^ Trevison, Catherine (February 7, 2009). "Gorge inn tries its best to avoid hotel's fate". The Oregonian. 
  10. ^ Dietrich, Karol (December 10, 2012 (website date Dec. 9)). "Landmark Columbia Gorge Hotel keeps the lights on". The Oregonian. pp. A7–A8. Retrieved December 13, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  11. ^ "Columbia Gorge Hotel, A Historic Hotel of America". Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 

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