Photo courtesy of Hotel Lucia
Constructed in 1909, the building housing the Hotel Lucia may be old by Portland standards, but it has been a place of innovation since the beginning. Originally built by a successful German immigrant as an expansion of his popular Imperial Hotel, the New Imperial, as it became known, broke away to become its own hotel—before ultimately becoming the Lucia, one of downtown Portland’s most cutting-edge art hotels. Not only are the walls adorned with the largest permanent collection of black-and-white photographs by Pulitzer-winning photographer (and Oregon native) David Hume Kennerly, but the hotel garnered acclaim for installing the first permanent exhibit of social media art, in conjunction with Intel Labs. While the acclaimed restaurants are farm-to-table, in keeping with contemporary Portland tradition, they take the concept of “locally sourced” to a whole new level, utilizing Native American heritage techniques to prepare ingredients. In a city that can often feel homogenous in its hipsterdom, that’s compelling innovation.
By Kate Thorman, AFAR Contributor
400 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205, USA