Sovereign Hotel (Portland, Oregon)

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Sovereign Hotel
Portland Historic Landmark[2]
Former Sovereign Hotel (Portland, Oregon) in 2011.jpg
The former Sovereign Hotel on Broadway
Sovereign Hotel (Portland, Oregon) is located in Portland, Oregon
Sovereign Hotel (Portland, Oregon)
Location within downtown Portland
Location710–716 SW Madison Street
Portland, Oregon
Coordinates45°30′57″N 122°40′54″W / 45.515939°N 122.681779°W / 45.515939; -122.681779Coordinates: 45°30′57″N 122°40′54″W / 45.515939°N 122.681779°W / 45.515939; -122.681779
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectCarl L. Linde
Architectural styleGeorgian Revival
NRHP reference #81000520[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 2, 1981

The Sovereign Hotel was a Portland, Oregon, hotel built in 1923. The nine-story building was added to the United States' National Register of Historic Places on December 2, 1981.[3] Part of the building houses a portion of the Oregon Historical Society's Oregon History Center.


The mural Oregon History on the building's west side

The Georgian-style building was designed by Carl L. Linde, and was also once known as the Sovereign Apartments. The Sovereign Hotel became the home of KFWV radio (later known as KWJJ) by September 1926, when the station moved from 385 E. 58th Street. In March 1927, KFWV moved its studios to the Broadway Theatre building.[4]

The hotel was purchased by Harry Mittleman in 1938. Mittleman had constructed many Portland apartment buildings in the 1930s, and he converted the Sovereign into apartments shortly after acquisition.[5] Mittleman sold the building in 1972.[6]

In 1982, the Oregon Historical Society (OHS) purchased the building to expand the Oregon History Center.[7] The generally L-shaped building has six sides, and on four of the six sides are murals painted in 1989 by Richard Haas,[8] two of which are eight stories tall.[9] They were commissioned by OHS for $225,000.[10] One side shows the Lewis & Clark Expedition, while the mural on the south side of the structure depicts the pioneer period in Oregon's history.[9]

In 2014, OHS sold the building.[8][10] A stipulation of the sale was that the new owner must preserve the Richard Haas murals. In early 2016, renovation of the building was under way, with completion projected for fall 2016.[10]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Portland Historic Landmarks Commission (July 2010), Historic Landmarks -- Portland, Oregon (XLS), retrieved November 13, 2013.
  3. ^ "Oregon National Register List" (PDF). Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. June 6, 2011. p. 40. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  4. ^ Multnomah County, Oregon. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.
  5. ^ Oregon History Center. Emporis. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.
  6. ^ Manley, Paul (August 3, 1985). "Longtime apartment owner Harry Mittleman dies". The Oregonian. Portland, Oregon: Oregonian Media Group. p. 50.
  7. ^ Dye, Elizabeth (November 13, 2002). "Roundup at the OHS corral: The Oregon History Center goes under the knife". Willamette Week. Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  8. ^ a b Njus, Elliot (June 24, 2014). "Oregon Historical Society sells 1923 hotel building to investment group". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2016-02-01.
  9. ^ a b Self-Guided Tour: Portland, Oregon. Retrieved on February 29, 2008.
  10. ^ a b c Boddie, Ken (February 1, 2016). "Where We Live: Portland's Historic Haas Mural". KOIN. Retrieved 2016-02-01.

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