Sentinel Hotel

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Sentinel Hotel
Governor Hotel (ex-Princeton Building) entrance in 2013.jpg
The hotel's entrance in 2013, when
it was still the Governor Hotel
General information
Address 614 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Owner Provenance Hotels
Technical details
Floor count East building: 5
West building: 6
Other information
Number of restaurants 3

Seward Hotel
Location 611–619 SW 10th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Built 1909
Architect William C. Knighton
NRHP Reference # 85000370 [1]
Added to NRHP February 28, 1985
Elks Temple
Location 614 SW 11th Avenue
Portland, Oregon
Built 1923
Architect Houghtaling & Dougan
NRHP Reference # 78002313[1]
Added to NRHP February 17, 1978

The Sentinel Hotel is a hotel in downtown, Portland, Oregon, United States. It is composed of two buildings, both of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). The east building was completed in 1909 and was originally the Seward Hotel, while the west building was completed in 1923 as the Elks Temple. The Seward Hotel was renamed the Governor Hotel in 1931. The two buildings were joined in 1992, and together they became an expanded Governor Hotel. In 2004, the hotel's entrance was moved to the west building, the former Elks Temple.

In the early 1990s, the hotel served as the filming location for several films: Portlander Gus Van Sant filmed a scene of My Own Private Idaho and Madonna filmed several scenes of Body of Evidence inside.[2]

In 2003, the hotel was sold to Grand Heritage Hotel Group, who announced plans to close the lobby in the east building and make the west building's lobby, on 11th Avenue, the main entrance.[3] At that time, the hotel had 100 rooms and suites, and 13 meeting rooms.[3] The former 10th Avenue lobby area would be used for an expansion of Jake's Grill restaurant.

The Governor Hotel was sold again in 2012, to Portland-based Provenance Hotels.[4] The company invested $6 million in renovations, and renamed the hotel the Sentinel Hotel on March 14, 2014.[5] The name is a reference to the robot-like[6] stone sentinel sculptures along the roofline of the east building (the former Seward Hotel).[5] Many conferences, civic events, and banquets are hosted in the hotel. The City Club of Portland has been hosting its weekly Friday Forums there since 2004.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Sentinel Hotel: Our Storied History". Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  3. ^ a b Kosseff, Jeffrey (October 24, 2003). "Buyer keeps Governor Hotel's doors open". The Oregonian. p. B1. 
  4. ^ "Portland's Governor Hotel Rebranded As Sentinel". Hotel News Resource. March 19, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  5. ^ a b Culverwell, Wendy (February 28, 2014). "Portland's ex-Governor (Hotel) gets a $6M makeover and a new name". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  6. ^ Escamilla, Micah (April 23, 2009). "The Governor Hotel building marks 100 years". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  7. ^ Kaye, Ted. "City Club of Portland". The Oregon Encyclopedia.  Retrieved 2014-08-07.

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