Here's the 1913 Mt. Hood Hotel annex as it was in 1990. I didn't realize frozen yogurt was popular then. The hotel had just been remodeled. The "New Yasui" building across 1st Street was still a parking lot next to the "Coffee Spot". This streetscape was certainly improved by new streets and sidewalks, street trees, and quaint old-time lamps.
Category: [Downtown Hood River]
The Coffee Spot had most excellent sandwiches called Grinders. Sooooo good.
Melody Shellman on 1st April 2015 @ 8:45am
A French Canadian came to town and saw the derelict hotel which had turned to senior retirement and then sort of a flop house and finally permanently locked down as unsafe for human habitation. But he saw it's good bones and bought it. Then spent much money restoring it to it's former self. And from there the whole street began to awaken from it's slumber and became the anchor for the reawakening of the downtown. Hurrah for the Canadian with vision and money.
Pasquali Baronne (sp?)
nels on 1st April 2015 @ 9:20am
I lived across the street from this hotel for 6 years in the 1940's. At the time it was called the Mt. Hood Hotel and it was a nice hotel. In those days, the Hood River Hotel was on the corner of 2nd and Cascade, and it was kind of a flea-bag place.
Bill Seaton on 1st April 2015 @ 12:33pm
Maybe I have it wrong Bill. When I came here in the early 70's it was closed down and it looked like such a grand dame of old times. But when he restored it, it seemed to give life to the many empty buildings - pharmacies, JCPenney, Mode O'Day, hardware store on south side, and banks. Our little town is famous now for it's ambience, whether we like it or not. Just remember Baronne hiring guys who could match the wood, old to new. And then installing a quasi-spa down in the basement. Is it still there?
nels on 1st April 2015 @ 12:44pm
This hotel was the Mt. Hood Hotel for most of its life, as Bill explained. The hotel at 2nd and Cascade was initially called "Hotel Waucoma," a name nominated by our friend Samuel Blythe in 1904. It was later called "Hotel Oregon", and then "Hood River Hotel", and apparently changed back to "Hotel Oregon" for a while after that.
Arthur on 1st April 2015 @ 6:39pm
I don't know anything about A spa but in 2000 we had a HRHS class of '59 reunion downstairs. The next year we held a Jubitz family reunion there. In the 50's it was the Eagles club where they held dances for HRHS and Wyeast students every Monday night.
Norma on 1st April 2015 @ 6:46pm
I remember walking into the lobby of the old hotel. (60's) It was a "blast from the past"! Potted ferns, old wallpaper the whole thing and it did not have a very nice smell.
judy on 1st April 2015 @ 8:40pm
Were there parking meters in 1990? I don't see any in the picture.
Ellen on 2nd April 2015 @ 11:39am
Announcement in the February 23, 1910 Hood River News of plans for the new hotel:
Jeffrey Bryant on 23rd July 2015 @ 9:14pm