Hotel Alder

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Hotel Alder
Hotel Alder - Portland Oregon.jpg
The Hotel Alder
Hotel Alder is located in Portland, Oregon
Hotel Alder
Location 415 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates 45°31′10″N 122°40′35″W / 45.519470°N 122.676386°W / 45.519470; -122.676386Coordinates: 45°31′10″N 122°40′35″W / 45.519470°N 122.676386°W / 45.519470; -122.676386
Area 0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
Built 1910
Architect David Chambers Lewis
Architectural style Early Commercial
MPS Downtown Portland, Oregon MPS
NRHP Reference # 04000831[1]
Added to NRHP August 11, 2004

The Hotel Alder, is an historic four-story building in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. In 2004, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. It has also been known as the Hotel President, the Jack London Hotel,[2] and Century Plaza. The ground floor was occupied by the popular Rialto Poolroom Bar and Cafe and an off-track betting parlor which closed in December 2016.


The Hotel Alder was originally built by the Southern Pacific Railroad as a terminus hotel and was popular with traveling businessmen. Over the years, the hotel declined, eventually turning into low-priced single-room occupancy (SRO) hotel. In 1974, Art McFadden purchased the building. In 2004, McFadden sold the three residential floors to the Portland Development Commission (PDC). The PDC then sold the space to the Central City Concern (CCC), a local non-profit agency devoted to assisting the homeless get back on their feet. CCC began rehabilitating the building to provide for 99 low-income housing units.[3][4]

The renovation, carried out by SERA Architects, required the entire building to be closed, including the Rialto. It was fully renovated to historic standards. On September 7, 2005, a ceremony marked the grand re-opening of the Hotel Alder, the premier of a documentary filmed inside, and the building's inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

In January 2017, a multi-story fire caused the temporary displacement of around 80 residents.[6]


Century Plaza is the name of a documentary film about life in the Hotel Alder during its time as an SRO. The film's name is taken from the Hotel's official name during the time it operated as an SRO Hotel. Filmmaker Eric Lahey lived in the Hotel Alder for seven months to get a feel for the lives of the occupants at the time.[7]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Multnomah County, Oregon, pg. 5". Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  3. ^ Bell, Jon. "Pool fans take their cues, head to Rialto." Portland Tribune. July 22, 2005. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.
  4. ^ "Central City Concern: Hotel Alder Restoration". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Central City Concern: Program of Events, Hotel Alder Grand Opening (PDF)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Red Cross opens downtown Portland shelter for people displaced by Hotel Alder fire". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  7. ^ Spitznass, Jill. "The end of the Century is a filmmaker's Beginning." Portland Tribune. July 15, 2005. Retrieved on 2007-08-18.

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