Columbia Gorge Hotel

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Columbia Gorge Hotel
Columbia Gorge Hotel - Hood River Oregon.jpg
Columbia Gorge Hotel is located in Hood River OR
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
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]

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  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 Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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: 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 9, 2012). "Landmark Columbia Gorge Hotel keeps the lights on". The Oregonian. pp. A7–A8. Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Columbia Gorge Hotel, A Historic Hotel of America". Historic Hotels of America. Retrieved October 1, 2013. 

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