I was drawn into Jake's Grill by its Arts and Crafts movement ambiance I mean look at that mosaic by the entrance!
Imagine my delight when I walked inside and discovered a mural going down the length of the restaurant depicting Lewis and Clark's expedition!
If I'm ever in Portland for a meal, this is where I am heading, the menu looked fantastic and what a gorgeous place to dine.
The other side of the building was once the Elks Temple. At the time of its construction in 1923 it was the largest Elks Lodge in the country. With an initial membership of almost 4,000 members, it was doomed due to the Stock Market Crash of 1929.
By 1932 membership had declined to 450 and the charter went bankrupt and moved out of the building. Interestingly (well, to me anyway) the Works Progress Administration moved in to building in 1939.
We remember those guys, right? Ambitious New Deal project putting millions of people to work carrying out public work like new post offices, building bridges and roads, and even art and theater projects were undertaken.
Full employment was not the goal of the WPA, it tried to provide one paid job for all families in which the breadwinner suffered long-term unemployment due to the Depression. The idea being to give people work they could be proud of and help them learn or retain skills instead of just handing out welfare checks.
Another building I admired but wasn't able to get inside of was the Portland Telegram. Built in 1922 it was a Colonial Revival brick and terra cotta building with a charming clock tower. Bit out of place in such a modern west coast town, which was part of its appeal to me I think.
That's it for Portland!