Stop 19

Stop 19: Grand & Morrison

Portland Running Company at the base of the Weatherly building on Grand and Morrison, is one block east of River City Bicycles, 706 SE MLK.

Dave and Paula Harkin opened Portland Running on Grand Avenue in 2003. PRC employs over 30 part-time and full-time runners, walkers, and avid fitness enthusiasts. They host group runs nearly every day of the week.

The 12 story Weatherly building was the first skyscraper in SE Portland. Built by ice cream businessman George Warren Weatherly, it is a nationally recognized historic building.

Recent renovations have restored the building’s regal elegance and style of 1927. Many professionals seek out their first class and up-to-date office suites.

Movie theatre operator Walter Tebetts convinced Weatherly to construct the Oriental Theatre adjacent to the Weatherly building.

The large and ornate theatre was the area’s second largest and was torn down in 1970 to make way for a parking lot. It spurred an awareness of historic renovation.

The Architectural Heritage Center 701 SE Grand, is a non-profit promoting historic preservation. AHC hosts dozens of programs, tours, and exhibits each year. Their current exhibit Streetcars Build a City is going on now. Portland Preservation Blog The Architectural Heritage Center has rotating exhibits drawn from one of the largest collections of architectural artifacts in the United States. The Eastside Streetcar Grand Opening Celebration and Open House runs Saturday, September 22, 2012 10:00 am – 4:30 pm at AHC.

East Bank Saloon on the west side of Grand, in the Historic Nathanial West Block, is registered as a National Historic Landmark. The building was constructed in 1896 by Nathanial West and has hosted a number of businesses over the years. The second floor has served as living quarters to the business owners and their families and at one time, was a well known gym facility for boxing enthusiasts.

SE Grand Avenue really did look grand in this 1919 photo looking north from Morrison Street, notes Vintage Portland. A number of buildings shown here are still standing. Multiple streetcars are present going both north and south, horse-drawn and horseless carriages are about equal in number.

Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, in the 800 block of SE Morrison Street, reopened in 2008 after a two-year, $14-million renovation. Portland developer John Plew bought Grand Central with an eye toward something different – luxury bowling. A dozen lanes replaced what was once 28. Features large video screens, couches and coffee tables with stone-accented walls with fireplaces and conference/party rooms with Internet connections overlooking the scene.

Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) 818 SE 6th, was established in 1989. Its company of dancers performs an annual five-program season at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and also conducts both regional and national tours. OBT offers a wide variety of dance classes.

Montessori Institute Northwest serves as a hub of activity within the Montessori community. Founded in 1979, the Montessori Institute Northwest educates adults on the nature of childhood.

The Melody Ballroom at 615 SE Alder , has a smaller lower ballroom and a grand ballroom with room for a party of 800+ for Weddings, Dances and Parties.

Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand Avenue, is a warm and welcoming bar with one of the largest bar tops in town, DJs playing an eclectic mix of records every night, and an enticing and varied dinner menu.

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