GOLDEN WEST HOTEL EXHIBIT IS ONLINE


The Golden West Hotel was a vibrant place of employment and socializing for Portland’s African American community in the early 1900s. Display panels and audio narrative detailing this history can be found on the W.
Broadway side of the building
Click here  to download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic Verisons with audio|includes JPG-PDF-MP3-DOCS files

“The original location of the Black community in Portland was in close proximity to Union Station where much of the Black economic life and employment life was centered.”
– Darrell Millner

“[My grandfather] saw there was this Black community that mainly worked for the railroad and there was no place for the Blacks to stay….In 1905 he purchased a building and in 1906 opened up the Golden West which was the largest Black-owned hotel west of the Mississippi.”
– Anthony I. Allen

This permanent exterior exhibit, installed in 2009, tells a social and ethnic story of the vibrant African-American community in Portland in the early 1900s and the successes and challenges of its residents. The exhibit – featuring six panels and a soundtrack– can be seen and heard by the public on both sides of the Golden West Building, 707 NW Everett at Broadway.

“ Theater Draws Color Line ”
W.D. Allen and his son Robert, (latter a Senior at Grant High School), attended a performance at the Orpheum Theater on Tuesday evening. On entering the usher told them to go upstairs. Mr. Allen then inquired if there were not seats downstairs. The usher said there were, but that Colored people were prohibited from occupying them. Mr. Allen and his son ignored the usher and took seats downstairs. Later, they were approached by the manager who is quoted as having said: “Gentlemen, I would like to see you out in the lobby.” Mr. Allen: “I don’t care to go out there, and I don’t care to be molested. I came to see the show.””
– Portland Advocate, October 5, 1929

Online Exhibit Celebrates the rich history of the Golden West, the former center of Portland’s African-American social and business life in the first decades of the twentieth century.

“Had The Biggest Gambling Estabishement On The West”

1906-1931

When Black entrepreneur W.D. Allen launched the Golden West Hotel in 1906, Portland was booming. The completion of the transcontinental railroad, the opening of Union Station and the Lewis and Clark Centennial Fair triggered a flood of visitors and workers to the city’s bustling North End. The Golden West was designed to serve the Black railway porters, cooks, barbers and waiters recruited by the major railroads. It provided “all the conveniences of home” for Black workers denied accommodation in Portland’s white owned hotels, and was a center of African American social life until the hotel’s closure in 1931.
 
Patrons could get a haircut and a shave at Waldo Bogle’s Barbershop, sweets at A.G. Green’s ice cream parlor and candy shop, and relax in George Moore’s Golden West Athletic Club featuring a Turkish bath and gymnasium. In its heyday, the Golden West provided an overnight home for prominent black entertainers, athletes, and civic leaders such as Illinois Congressman Oscar DePriest and labor organizer A. Philip Randolph. Some even “retired” there, including Portland Advocate newspaper founder and famous Portland Hotel “hat check man,” E.D. Cannady.
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The Golden West Hotel closed in 1931, a victim of the national economic Depression. The “New Golden West Hotel” opened in 1933 but closed in 1935. Other closures plagued the hotel until 1943, when it reopened as the Broadmoor Hotel, surviving until 1984 as low cost housing. Through the efforts of the building’s present owner, Central City Concern, and with the assistance of the Portland Development Commission, the building has been rehabilitated and the name restored to recognize the Golden West Hotel’s significant role in the history of Portland.

Cuarator: Graphic Design: Ildiko Toth, SERA Architects, Inc.
Historical Consultants: Cathy Galbraith, Architectural Heritage Center, Inc.
Dr. Darrell Millner, Distinguished Professor@Portland State University.
Advisory Committee Members: Nicole Allen, Billy Anfield, Will Bennett, Michael “Chappie” Grice,
Bill Hart
LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE
Will, In the future, please have anyone interested in getting copies of “Local Color” or in having a public showing of Local Color to contact me directly. We have a limited number of copies of the program and want to make sure they are distributed fairly.
Please email me with your request for copies including a description of who will get the copies and how they will be used.
Jeff Douglas Vice President of Local Production
JDouglas@opb.org Thank you | OPB-TV

LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE

Click here  to download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic Verisons with audio|includes JPG-PDF-MP3-DOCS files

Will, In the future, please have anyone interested in getting copies of “Local Color” or in having a public showing of Local Color to contact me directly.  We have a limited number of copies of the program and want to make sure they are distributed fairly.
Please email me with your request for copies including a description of who will get the copies and how they will be used.
Jeff Douglas Vice President of Local Production
JDouglas@opb.org Thank you | OPB-TV
This 1991 OPB documentary chronicles the little known history of racism in Oregon and the moving story of people, both black and white, who worked for civil rights. Jon Tuttle was a news reporter in Portland for most of his life but said he was unaware of much of this history until late in his career. He set out to document the story but found he was almost too late as some of the important participants had died and others were getting on in age. Local Color is the story of black Oregonians and their struggle for equality told by the people, both black and white, who lived the history. But there are moments of highly disturbing racism in a state not known for racial diversity. But there are also moments of inspiration and courage as people take a stand to bring about important change. Without this historic documentary, many of these stories, from some of the state’s best people might have been lost and forgotten.
LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE
Will,
This would not have happened without your perseverance and dedication. The exhibit does a great job telling the story of the Golden West and the broader historical context of the African-American experience in Portland in the early 20th century.
Thanks. N.
¨  Nicholas T. Starin, City Planner
¨  Historic Resources Program & Central Portland Team
¨  Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability
¨  1900 SW 4th Avenue, Ste. 7100
¨  Portland OR 97201-5380
¨  nstarin@ci.portland.or.us
 Click here  to download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic download the Golden West Hotel Historic Display Panels–Electronic Verisons with audio|includes JPG-PDF-MP3-DOCS files

LOCAL COLOR IS NOW ONLINE

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The Golden West Hotel 1906-1931


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The online version of the historical exhibit installed on Central City Concern’s Click here => Golden West Building. This permanent exterior exhibit, installed in 2009, tells a social and ethnic story of the vibrant African-American community in Portland in the early 1900s and the successes and challenges of its residents. The exhibit – featuring six panels and a soundtrack– can be seen and heard by the public on both sides of the Golden West Building, 707 NW Everett at Broadway.

Sign This Petition Now! chn.ge/1SVN3iC SUPPORT CREATION OF THE “Golden West African American Historical Landmark District”

The Golden West Hotel was a vibrant place of employment and socializing for Portland’s African American community in the early 1900s. Display panels and audio narrative detailing this history can be found on the W. Broadway side of the building or on-line here:  Golden West Building.

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Built in the late 19th century, this building began life as the Tremont House, according to the Sanborn Insurance Maps of the city. Its features include a brick facade and Mansard roof. Architect Emil Schacht was engaged in 1912 to enlarge the hotel by one third. Schacht’s addition conformed to the building’s original design, an early example of sensitive renovation.

 

The exhibit celebrates the rich history of the Golden West, the former center of Portland’s African-American social and business life in the first decades of the twentieth century. Primary funding for this project was from a Vision into Action grant by the City of Portland. Additional support provided by Oregon Humanities. Other funders include Central City Concern and SERA Architects (in-kind).

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Curator: Dr. Jacqueline Peterson-Loomis
Sound Designer and Producer: Michael Gandsey, T2 Audio, Inc.
Graphic Design: Ildiko Toth, SERA Architects, Inc.
Historical Consultants: Cathy Galbraith, Architectural Heritage Center, Inc.
Dr. Darrell Millner, Portland State University.
Advisory Committee Members: Nicole Allen, Billy Anfield, Will Bennett, Michael Chappie Grice, Bill Hart

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Will Bennett: Historic Golden West Hotel Unveiling Reception


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Will Bennett: Historic Golden West Hotel Unveiling Reception

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Sign This Petition Now! chn.ge/1SVN3iC SUPPORT CREATION OF THE Golden West African American Historical Landmark District
To: Will Black-Hist Bennett AKA Will Bennett more About Will
From: Central City Concern Date: 10-27-09 he was not there that evening.

ABOUT:

Unveiling reception Oct. 22 for a new exhibit that tells the story of its historic Golden West Building at 707 N.W. Everett St. and the vibrant African American business district that surrounded it in the early 1900s.

Group Dedicates New Golden West Historical Display
Theskanner.com/entertainment/theater-movies/8-news/6130-group-dedicates-new-golden-west-historical-display-2009-10-29

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Check out www.african-american-historical-district.com! Home Page


Check out www.african-american-historical-district.com! Home Page

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African-American Historic District in Portland’s Old Town


Proposed African-American Historic District with the “Golden West Hotel” As [It’s] Center Piece”

~ Friends of the Golden West

Take Note: this is only one of  few Historic Districts to be proposed…

Also See => “Action Central Was Williams Avenue”

Click on map for a larger image of Outline of a Proposed African-American Historic District

Click on map for a larger image of Our Outline of a Proposed African-American Historic District

“Golden West Hotel” As [It’s] Center Piece”

History of the Golden West Hotel | Central City Concern

Community Practitioners, Friends =

AFRICAN-AMERICAN Historical Businesses District
Your feedback is needed on how to proceed
Feedback@african-american-historical-district.com
Please Note: this is only one in few Historic Districts to be proposed…
www.african-american-historical-district.com

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Will’s To Build a Tiny Home


Help Will Build His Tiny Home

Help Will Build His Tiny Home

Help Will Build His Tiny Home

 
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Know Your Rights at Palestine Demo. History of Protestors Sentenced During Operation Cast Lead


Resistance and Community

*OLD NEWS ALERT* 2008-09 HUNDREDS OF PRO-PALESTINE PROTESTORS ARRESTED AND MOST END UP SERVING TIME

In 2008-09 many protestors demonstrated against another Israeli invasion of Gaza in London.
Tomorrow once again many protestors will demonstrate against ANOTHER Israeli invasion of Gaza in London…

Stop the War, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, British Muslim Initiative and the myriad of other organisations were ill prepared to defend the largely muslim and asian/arab/black protestors that were kettled against their will and attacked by the riot police on horseback mirroring the crusades. Protestors courageously defended themselves physically against police attacks – as is their right.There was a lack of police monitors/legal observers to observe and record the conduct of police and to distribute rights information cards (aka ‘bust cards’)

People were filmed by specialist evidence and intelligence gathering teams including the Forward Intelligence Team (FIT) and footage was examined for months after the protests…

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Roots of gentrification: Key moments in North and NE Portland’s transformation during the past 24 years


Roots of gentrification: Key moments in North and NE Portland’s transformation during the past 24 years
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#KnowYourHistory #Gentrification & #Displacement #Albina

#Ghetto
A ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, especially because of social, legal, or economic pressure. The term was originally used in Venice to describe the part of the city to which Jews were restricted and segregated.

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Portland Fails Fair Housing Its Black Community


The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was intended to help break down the walls of segregation and poverty by protecting the fundamental right of anyone, regardless of color, to have the opportunity to live where they choose. Over the past 44 years, millions of taxpayer dollars have gone to advance that goal through ensuring affordable housing is part of every neighborhood. But a new report by the Oregonian that examined metropolitan area public housing records found that far from breaking down segregation and poverty, Portland and other local governments have reinforced it. The poor and people of color have been concentrated in the region’s poorest neighborhoods while desirable communities such as Inner Southeast Portland and Lake Oswego remain white and affluent.

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 Jo Ann and Dave are joined by Brad Schmidt, the Oregonian reporter who pieced together this disturbing picture from public records that often required legal action to obtain. Portland State University Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Karen Gibson will also join the conversation. Gibson is currently conducting a study of the political economy of neighborhood change in Portland’s historic black community, the Albina District. Join us as we examine how “progressive” Portland has failed so dismally and what needs to happen to create a truly fair housing environment in the region.

Jo Ann Hardesty is a former state legislator, former director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media, as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland’s civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years.

Join Jo Ann and Dave every Thursday as they bring you guests and conversations on issues that are important to you. Support Voices from the Edge by becoming a KBOO member (just click the “tip jar” in the upper right-hand corner on KBOO’s homepage to find out how) or consider becoming an underwriter of this program (contact KBOO’s underwriting director for details).

Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Hardesty and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Hardesty
Program Engineer: Steve Nassar
Audio Editor: Alicia Olson

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Portland Fails Fair Housing Its Black Community


What’s been done about this…notice dates

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City Club Prodded


Consult Hardesty has moved!

The Partners at Consult Hardesty joined the City Club of Portland with the specific intent of helping promote their participation in community-wide police accountability efforts.

On 19 November, we were asked to influence their choice of topic for their next research project. 

Read our response, here:

Consult Hardesty Charges City Club with Study on Police Oversight Structures.

We feel this is an important document, as it describes the timeliness of a call for greater police accountability, but in that it also gives an indication of the breadth of work that has been offered for consideration over the years.

Includes links to a 2010 report by the City’s Police Oversight Stakeholder Committee (ignored the Mayor, in favor of a position taken by City attorneys, Portland Police and their union), as well as a City Club study on race relations with Portland Police, circa 1968.

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