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The Fairmount Hotel was completed just in time for the 1905 Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. Located on NW 26th Avenue, across from what was once the Exposition's entrance, The Fairmount was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. UD+P is thrilled to apply our renovation and preservation expertise to this vital piece of Portland history so it can be enjoyed by Portland residents for another century or more.
In 2016, the property underwent an extensive restoration and renovation—all while preserving the historic charm of the Fairmount’s exterior. The renovated Fairmount Apartments have approximately 80 modern units with a mix of Studio, One Bedrooms and Two Bedroom apartments.
The Fairmount offers the best of northwest living. Apartments are equipped with beautiful hardwood flooring, ceiling fans, stainless steel appliances, tall ceilings and classically designed tile bathrooms. Features include: shared laundry on each floor, library, WiFi in common areas, lobby lounge with fireplace, bike storage, secured access, two private courtyards and a work / study lounge.
Sustainable Features and Design
At UD+P, it is important to us to cherish and restore old buildings, salvaging original materials whenever possible. The Fairmount is no exception. Lovingly renovated by a talented team of craftsmen and artisans, the building features reclaimed wood cabinetry, casework and original hardwood flooring. Handcrafted on site in our wood shop, our cabinetry is truly one-of-a-kind. We offer an abundance of storage space in each apartment, along with extra shelving in bathrooms and kitchens.
We currently have Studio, One-Bedroom and Two-Bedroom units available. Please click on the link above to peruse the floor plans and view available units.
During an extensive year-long renovation, The Fairmount's exterior and interior, including all apartments, common areas and systems were thoughtfully restored and updated. These improvements have brought the building up to modern standards without compromising its unique, historic heritage and architectural features. The Fairmount was added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 2000 after years of updates and changes to the structure and layout of the building. Time was not kind to the original structure and UD+P is thrilled to have this opportunity to bring these updated apartments back to Portland.
Fairmount offers a variety of Studio, One and Two-Bedroom apartments ranging from 270 sf to 999 sf. Contact us for a tour today!
The Lewis and Clark Exposition opened its gates on June 1, 1905 to fairgoers from all corners of the country and world. The fair was only open for four months, but during that time it attracted over 1.6 million visitors. The fair's motto was “Westward the Course of Empire Takes Its Way”. That motto symbolized the selection of Portland as the location for the World's Fair to commemorate the centennial of the the Lewis and Clark Expedition of the early 1800's and the expansion of the American Empire from coast to coast.
Hotel Fairmount was constructed directly across the street from the fair's entrance, where it stands now on the corner of NW 26th and Upshur. During construction, fair workers stayed at the hotel, which also provided affordable lodging to fairgoers on a budget. The Fairmount Hotel is one of the last remaining structures from the fair and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to renovate it so it can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Buildings at the Fair
Fair buildings were not intended to be permanent and were largely constructed of plaster over wooden frames. The majority of the buildings were in the style of the Spanish Renaissance and decorated with architectural flourishes.
John Olmstead, the stepson of the famed landscape architect, Fredrick Law Olmstead, developed the plan for the exposition grounds. His plan capitalized on views of the Willamette River and Mt. St. Helens. The fair included exhibitions from 21 nations and 16 U.S. states, as well as branches of the federal government and private organizations.
Prior to the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905, a string of expositions and fairs, such as The Chicago World's Fair and The St. Louis Louisiana Purchase Exposition, had been held in major U.S. cities. The Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland stood out as the first of its kind held in a western city. Seattle and San Francisco followed shortly thereafter. The Lewis and Clark Exposition highlighted and explored the pleasures and possibilities of twentieth-century technology. It featured airships, automobiles, and an exhibit of infant incubators, and provided a fairy-tale setting at night through the intricate and beautiful use of electricity.
The fair closed on October 15, 1905, just four and a half months after opening. Today, there are very few remnants of the Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition. The vast majority of the structures were designed to be temporary, and were torn down the following year. A few structures were moved elsewhere and remained in use for a period of time.
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Where we are
1920 Northwest 26th Avenue
Portland, OR, 97210
Nestled between bustling 23rd Avenue and Forest Park, the Fairmount Apartments is the perfect location for urban living. Within walking distance of many shops and restaurants such as St. Honore, Betsy and Iya boutique, Meriwethers Restaurant and Atula. At Fairmount, the city is at your fingertips and getting around is that much easier. Just steps from miles of hiking and biking trails of Forest Park and close to transit lines 77, 15, NS line, A-loop & B-loop. Close to highway I405, I5, I84 & HWY 205. There are many opportunities to give back to your local community. We are committed to supporting neighborhood involvement by organizing building-wide volunteer opportunities and supporting local organizations. Please contact the Property Manager for more information.