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Hotel Alder
U.S. National Register of Historic Places
The Hotel Alder
Location: 415 SW Alder St.
Portland, Oregon
Built/Founded: 1910
Architect: D.C. Lewis
Architectural style(s): Early Commercial
Governing body: Private
Added to NRHP: August 11, 2004
NRHP Reference#: 04000831[1]

The Hotel Alder, is an historic four-story building in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. Since 2004, it has been on 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 is occupied by the popular Rialto Poolroom Bar and Cafe and an off-track betting parlor.



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]


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.[6]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-08-18.  
  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". Retrieved 2007-08-18.  
  5. ^ "Central City Concern: Program of Events, Hotel Alder Grand Opening (PDF)". Retrieved 2007-08-18.  
  6. ^ 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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Coordinates: 45°31′10″N 122°40′34″W / 45.519388°N 122.676204°W / 45.519388; -122.676204


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