September 9, 2008 by John Chilson
If this post seems like deja vu all over again, it’s because I’m re-scanning many of the images that were lost when Stumptown Confidential took the dive.
The Barbary Coast Lounge at the Hoyt Hotel helped fuel the Roaring 20s revival back in the 1960s. With Harvey Dick at the helm, guests were treated to the nostalgic decor of the “Gay Nineties” and 77 custom-made gas lamps [that would definitely make me keep an eye on the fire exits] and Gracie Hansen’s fabulous review.
The restaurant was open 24 hours – and what I’d pay to see the 3:00 am crowd. Here’s a shot the Hotel at night – if you look at the ground floor in the middle, you can see the Barbary Coast. Click on the photos for a larger view:
The entrance looks like an alcoholic ice cream parlor.
The old broad was in bad shape near the end- and showed signs of some wear and tear during the daylight hours [no offense to my old broad readers.
Read Isaac Laquedem’s piece on Harvey Dick and some of the personality he brought to an original Portland hangout. From Laquedem’s post:
The men’s room in the bar had a long urinal that could be used for target practice, of a sort: “When hit in the right place with jets of sufficient velocity, bells and sirens sounded, a noisy tribute to the aim and power of the beer drinker responsible.”
I’m with Isaac: “Portland could use another showplace like the Hoyt Hotel. No one takes their out-of-town friends to check out the lobby at the Hilton or the Marriott.”