Governor Hotel

The Governor Hotel, formerly the Seward Hotel, is a historic hotel building in downtown, Portland, Oregon, United States. The present name dates from 1932.

Built in 1909, the glazed terracotta building's exterior motif features a blending of art nouveau and Native American designs. Its interior architecture and furnishings are in the arts and crafts style, popular during the period it was built. The hotel's architect, William C. Knighton, went on to become the first Oregon State Architect in 1912, and later designed the Oregon State Supreme Court Building.

The building was extensively remodeled in 1992, after several years of neglect. This remodel joined the neighboring Princeton Building to the original Governor Hotel. It continues on in its role as a hotel today. Many conferences, civic events, and banquets are hosted in the hotel as well; the City Club of Portland hosts its weekly Friday Forums there. In 1994, McCormick & Schmick's established Jake's Grill in the former entrance lobby. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places (as the Seward Hotel) in 1985.

Before the most recent remodel, the Governor Hotel served as the scene for several films: Portlander Gus Van Sant filmed a scene of My Own Private Idaho and Madonna filmed several scenes of Body of Evidence inside.

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