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Merchants Hotel
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Merchants Hotel

Built 1880-1884
222 NW Davis

Architect: Warren H. Williams (attributed)
Cast-Iron Manufacturer: Willamette Iron Works

This structure was built as an investment by one of the three prosperous Nicolai brothers as a “First Class” hotel; it was rejuvenated by the Naito brothers who are credited with the revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood. Made up of two buildings constructed at different times - the three story portion in 1880 and the four story in 1884 - the iron pilaster designs throughout the structure were popular patterns found on nearby buildings (i.e. Union and Cook's Blocks) and designed by architect, Warren H. Williams. Iron work was manufactured by Willamette Iron Works and foundry markers can be found at the foot of the building columns. Of particular interest are the female heads bolted on at the level defined by the top of the 12’ shop door. 

Photographs by Kevin Costello

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