Hawthorne, Portland, Oregon

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Hawthorne District
Bread and Ink cafe at 36th and Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon
Tiny's Coffee at 12th and Hawthorne in Portland, Oregon
Some Hawthorne establishments

The Hawthorne District in Portland, Oregon, is an area of Southeast Portland on SE Hawthorne Blvd. that runs from 12th to 60th Avenues, with the primary core of businesses between 30th and 50th Avenues.[1] The area has numerous retail stores, including clothing shops, restaurants, bars, brewpubs and microbreweries.[1][2] Hawthorne district is known for its liberal residents. The district has been known for having various social groups, such as Generation X, hippies[3] and more recently, hipsters.[1] The Hawthorne area has vintage homes[1] and apartments and locally owned shops and restaurants.


Hawthorne Boulevard was named after Dr. J.C. Hawthorne, the cofounder of Oregon's first mental hospital. Originally named "U" Street, the road was renamed Asylum Avenue in 1862. In 1883 the privately owned Oregon Hospital for the Insane was replaced by a new state-run facility located in Salem, today's Oregon State Hospital. The "distasteful" name Asylum Avenue was abandoned in April 1888 when the street was renamed Hawthorne Avenue by city ordinance in honor of Dr. Hawthorne.[4] It was further renamed Hawthorne Boulevard in March 1933.[5]

Neighbors organized and prevented a McDonald's restaurant from being built at the site of a former Arby's restaurant.[3] The vacant building was replaced with condominiums and retail shops on the first floor.[3]

Area business association[edit]

The Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association serves local businesses on the boulevard from SE 12th Ave. through SE 60th Ave.[6] While many Business Districts are intrinsically involved with their Neighborhood Association, this stretch of SE Hawthorne Blvd. is tangent to or a boundary of four neighborhoods Buckman, Hosford-Abernethy, Sunnyside, Richmond, and passes into a fifth, Mount Tabor.

Landmarks and recreation[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Hawthorne District Neighborhood Guide." Portlandneighborhood.com. Accessed June 2011.
  2. ^ "Hawthorne District, Portland, Oregon." Viamagazine, American Automobile Association. Accessed June 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Portland Neighborhoods Guide: Hawthorne District." Portland Neighborhood Guide. Accessed June 2011.
  4. ^ "Historic Context: Hawthorne Boulevard from SE 20th to SE 55th Ave." (PDF), Hawthorne Boulevard Transport Improvements Project, February 2003. p.9 of the PDF, numbered as p.7 in the document.
  5. ^ "BPS: Portland Street Name Changes" "line 1709: Ord. #63819 MAR 1, 1933 - Filename: PDXstrname_changes.xls dtd 3/1/2007"
  6. ^ "Think Hawthorne." Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association. Accessed June 2011.
  7. ^ "Hawthorne District." Fodors Travel Guide. Accessed June 2011.
  8. ^ "Explore: Portland’s Hawthorne District." Redtricycle.com. Accessed June 2011.

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Coordinates: 45°30′45″N 122°37′15″W / 45.51245°N 122.62081°W / 45.51245; -122.62081