King Albert Hall (Portland State University)
|King Albert Hall|
King Albert Hall in 2014
|Former names||King Albert Apartments|
|Architectural style||Mediterranean Revival|
|Address||1809 Southwest 11th Avenue|
|Town or city||Portland, Oregon|
|Landlord||Portland State University|
|Design and construction|
King Albert Hall is a 64-unit student residence hall at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. The four-story brick building includes studio apartments with kitchens, a student coffee shop, and laundry facilities.
King Albert Apartments opened in February 1918, on the southwest corner of 11th and Montgomery. The address was 385 11th Street but was changed to 1809 SW 11th Avenue according to the 1933 street renumbering system. The name King Albert may have been chosen to honor World War I hero Albert I of Belgium. Owner Herbert Gordon, a real estate developer and member of the Oregon House of Representatives, sold the property soon after completion to A.C. Ruby, a breeder of thoroughbred horses. At a cost of $125,000, the building contained 51 three-room apartments and 16 two-room apartments. Advertisements emphasized "strictly modern" units with hardwood floors, tile baths, dressing rooms, and elevator access.
After the death of A.C. Ruby, ownership of the property passed to A.C. Ruby Jr., and in 1934 the building was part of a $250,000 title transfer whereby C.R. Reed, a breeder of thoroughbred horses, acquired the King Albert Apartments in exchange for the Davenport Farm in Silverton, Oregon. The farm had been the boyhood home of Homer Davenport.
In 1969, the property became part of student housing at Portland State University.
- "Index to street numbering in the City of Portland". February 22, 1933. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
- "Apartment House Sold", The Oregonian, p. 63, July 14, 1918
- "Five-year lease closed", The Oregonian, p. 10, February 3, 1918
- "Davenport Farm figures in deal", The Oregonian, p. 1, December 25, 1934
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