It is always nice to see a neighboring building finally get the respect and rehabilitation it deserves. As the Atiyeh family manager of the Park/Washington Building (constructed in 1912-13 as The Platt Building), I watched the adjoining SW Park Avenue Cornelius Hotel fall into disrepair and neglect while we were upgrading our building’s fire and life safety infrastructure in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.
Those woeful days for the Cornelius Hotel are about to change with a new owner. I applaud Arthur Mutal LLC for their vision and tenacity to take on this challenging project. The original owner and operator, Charles W. Cornelius, would be proud to see his 105 year-old building returned to its prime. Another established Portland business family had this in mind when Leonard Zell (Zell Bros. Jewelers) applied for and received the hotel’s listing on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
The Cornelius sits on land once slated for Portland’s Park Blocks, which were intended to be public open space as envisioned and set aside by Daniel Lownsdale in 1849 and later by Captain John H. Couch.
A detailed Cornelius Hotel story is available at OregonLive.com where many of us are getting our news these days.