The Society Hotel in Portland, Oregon Among First to Receive USRC Ratings
This four-story, 1881 building was seismically retrofitted in 2014. The Chinatown hotel was originally a refuge for sailors on ports-of-call and later part of the Portland Hospital. The seismic retrofit was mostly paid for by the tax credit the developer received for the historic preservation of the hotel.
“The Society Hotel owners and staff are honored to be one of the first four buildings in Portland to receive the U.S. Resiliency Council’s Silver Rating. It was a challenge to seismically upgrade the building while simultaneously completing a Historic Preservation through the National Parks Service, but we were committed to making the building as safe as possible for our guests and staff while also preserving this historic nineteenth century Portland landmark. We’re thrilled to give it new life in the twenty-first century and beyond.” – Gabe Genauer, The Society Hotel