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Northwest Alphabet District Professional Review and Guide
"The Hotel deLuxe was formerly the Mallory Hotel, a favorite downtown hotel for many years. Its decor is reminiscent of the glory days of Hollywood, but the Driftwood Room is still original. The Alphabet District across Burnside is still referred to as Northwest or Nob Hill by most Portlanders, the “Nob Hill” nickname coming from a grocer who wanted to associate this neighborhood with the well-known San Francisco district. Portland’s affluent built large magnificent houses here, patterned on mansions found on the East Coast, or in Europe. These proved difficult to keep up, and after World War I later owners moved out and into large apartment houses being built nearby. Although a great many mansions were torn down, several remain and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This walk passes some of these originals, as well as many lovingly restored and maintained smaller homes."
--Sybilla Avery Cook, Walking Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
Nice easy walk. Nothing really that great in the way of 'sites' but you pass some coffee shops and bars. You dont really need to follow the guide but just rather wander the area, especially 21st and 23rd ave and then go ober Glisan to 13th-14th and walk around.
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