Palisociety and North 45 Projects return grand Portland hotel to its original use



Hotel Grand Stark

Palisociety and North 45 Projects have preserved original details at this early 20th-century hotel in Portland, Oregon, which reopened this year as the Hotel Grand Stark.

Originally built in 1908, the building sits across the Willamette River from the city’s Downtown area and was formerly known as the Chamberlain Hotel.

The project is by Palisociety and North45
Hotel Grand Stark occupies a 1908 building that was originally a hotel, but used until recently as a furniture workshop

Hotel Grand Stark takes its name from the intersection of SE Grand Avenue and SE Stark Street, where an ornate sign advertised the furniture workshop that had occupied the building for the past several decades.

Los Angeles-based hospitality group Palisociety recently took over the property, converting it back to its original use as a 57-room hotel. The guest bedrooms occupy the top three storeys, while the ground floor contains the hotel’s public amenities, designed in partnership with local studio North 45 Projects.

Grand Stark Hotel is in Portland
Marble and green accents are combined in the lobby

A new sign marks the entrance to the hotel, leading guests and local residents to the lobby-cum-art gallery that occupies part of the ground level.

“Hotel Grand Stark is envisioned as a communal, inclusive public space featuring a gallery-inspired central lobby that connects the public spaces upon entry with a neutral backdrop punctuated by a carefully collected art installation featuring local artists and makers, custom furnishings and vintage pieces,” said Palisociety.

A traditional green staircase in the hotel
A dark green staircase continues this colour theme

The hotel’s dark green reception desk is set against a wall of orange Breccia Pernice marble. These elements and the lobby’s contemporary furniture selections contrast and complement the building’s original features, such as wood floors that were preserved throughout.

Off to one side of the lobby is a deli-style eatery with casual seating, while a bar at the back of the space is described as a “re-envisioning of the classic hotel watering hole”.

Another communal area allows patrons to host private gatherings or work remotely, using long tables provided for collaboration or focused work.

“Behind the front desk, guests will find the Study Hall, a bright, separate space designed to be a community work and meeting space that can also be used as a private dining room for intimate special events,” Palisociety explained.

More green accents in the "Study Hall"
The Study Hall has long tables for communal working

Upstairs, the rooms were designed to with homey finishes that are meant to remind guests of a residential setting.

“A playful mix of millwork, textiles and patterns are layered throughout, combining florals, tartans and wovens to create dimension and personality in the space,” said Palisociety. “Vintage rugs and custom lighting add a residential-inspired element of comfort and style.”

Palisociety and North45 added homely interiors to the hotel
More green accents and wooden furniture decorate the cosy guest rooms

The green of the reception desk also appears on custom millwork found in the guest bedrooms, as well as the staircase, deli, and tiles found in the study lounge.

Palisociety was founded by Avi Brosh in 1998 and focuses on a “locally inspired and neighborhood-centric approach to independent hospitality”.

Among Portland’s other accommodation options are a branch of The Hoxton hotel chain, the Woodlark Hotel occupying two landmarked buildings, and The Society Hotel in a former sailors’ lodge.

The photography is courtesy of Palisociety.

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