A PORTLAND ICON IS BORN
The Heathman Hotel is a downtown landmark, built in the late 1920s in the popular Italian Renaissance style. Then, as now, the hotel was a popular center of cultural activity. Its dramatic public spaces have been renovated in grand Art Deco style and provide the perfect backdrop for the hotel’s extensive collection of artwork.
THE HEATHMAN RESTORATION PROJECT
In 1984, the Heathman underwent a $16 million renovation, which included the hotel’s public spaces, interior design, and exterior. In fact, the owner had the original exterior and eucalyptus-paneled Tea Court Lounge fully restored to its original glory. The newly refreshed guestrooms were furnished in the 18th – 20th century styles of Biedermeier, Ming, Empire, and Regency. During the renovation the hotel’s entrance was moved from the Salmon Street side to Broadway, enhancing its visibility, and the hotel went back to simply being called, Heathman Hotel.
The Heathman also supports literary arts and has a library on the mezzanine level containing a collection of over 2,700 books signed by authors who have been guests at the hotel including past presidents, poet laurites, and Pulitzer prize winners.