After almost 5 years at Activspace in Slabtown, we are moving into a newly renovated, historic building in Old Town – The Merchant Hotel.
Find us at our new location, 222-228 NW Davis Street starting May 2nd, 2020.
Brothers Louis, Adolph, and Theodore Nicolai who owned a successful logging business built The Merchant Hotel, which was completed in 1880. One of the most luxurious hotels on the west coast, it boasted the first hydraulic elevator in Portland. This unique building is one of the few remaining examples of Victorian Italianate cast iron architecture on the West Coast, and has been listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places since 1975.
In a 1979 article, The Oregonian wrote that the “former Merchant Hotel in Old Town went from a virtually abandoned building to cornerstone of the revitalized Old Town business district.” One might say that this incredible building has had many lifetimes, as it has witnessed the long arch of transformation in the oldest part of the city of Portland.
Old Town/Chinatown is again a neighborhood in rapid transition, and we are proud as a small business to support the City of Portland in its efforts to revitalize this neighborhood – by making our long term home in a building and neighborhood that is again foundational to its pioneering vision for the future.
Our bright second floor private suite is being customized just for us, and will double our square footage with additional classrooms and reading/healing rooms. Full of charm and character, students and clients will enjoy upgraded amenities like multiple restrooms on our floor, a modern kitchen/student lounge area, and new dedicated student space to come in and meditate or exchange readings and healings to further enhance their study. The space is lined with floor to ceiling street facing windows and has a loft like feel with high ceilings and lots of space.
This is not a temporary move; it is a new, permanent, long term home for our school. It will fundamentally raise our havingness as center for healing, meditation, and clairvoyant study in Portland, Oregon and from this home base, online around the world. Our mockup is for this new space to ground us in exciting and innovative ways in the municipality, in the neighborhood, and in the fabric of stumptown.
Among our new neighbors are Old Town Pizza, Starbucks, The LanSu Chinese Gardens and Visitor’s Center, International Hotelier The Hoxton Hotel, and the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, which includes the Japanese American History Museum. Other new residents to this neighborhood within a block of our school include corporate offices of Google, Airbnb, Nike, and others.