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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, and
Century Plaza. The ground floor is occupied by the
popular Rialto Poolroom Bar and Cafe and an off-track betting
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.
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.
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.
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"Central City Concern:
Program of Events, Hotel Alder Grand Opening (PDF)". http://www.centralcityconcern.org/Hotel%20Alder%20Grand%20Opening%20info.pdf. Retrieved
Spitznass, Jill. "The end of the Century is a
filmmaker's Beginning." Portland Tribune. July 15, 2005.
Retrieved on 2007-08-18.
Coordinates: 45°31′10″N 122°40′34″W / 45.519388°N