- Benson Hotel
name = Benson Hotel
caption = The Benson Hotel complex: the original 1912 building is on the right, 1959 annex to the left.
location = Portland,
lat_degrees = 45
lat_minutes = 31
lat_seconds = 18.4
lat_direction = N
long_degrees = 122
long_minutes = 40
long_seconds = 43.4
long_direction = W
built = 1913
architect = Doyle, Patterson & Beach
November 20, 1986
refnum = 86003175
The Benson Hotel is a 375 room historic
hotelbuilding in downtown Portland, Oregon, United States.
It is currently owned and operated by
Coast Hotels & Resorts. Also known just simply as "The Benson", it has a reputation as one of Portland's finest hotels. The hotel is named after notable businessman and philanthropist Simon Benson.
Simon Benson had wished to build a world-class hotel in Portland. During the population boom that occurred between the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Fair and the
Great Depression, Benson fulfilled his wish.
The firm of Doyle, Patterson, and Beach designed the main hotel building in French Second Empire style. The hotel opened 1912 and Chicago's
Blackstone Hotelserved as the inspiration of the building's overall design. The building was originally an annex to the Oregon Hotel, and was known as the New Oregon Hotel.
In 1959, the old Oregon Hotel next door was demolished to, ironically, make way for a 175 room annex to the 1912 building.
It was listed in the
National Register of Historic Placesin 1986.
A number of international celebrities have stayed at the Benson, including
Luciano Pavarotti, Queen Noorof Jordan, David Bowie, and James Brown. In November 2005, Paul McCartneystayed at the hotel while visiting Portland on his U.S. Tour. Every U.S. President since Harry Truman, with the exception of George W. Bush, has stayed at the Benson Hotel. Richard M. Nixonis reputed to have composed the " Checkers speech" while staying at the Benson.
* [http://www.bensonhotel.com/index.html Benson Hotel] (official website)
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